Rumoured Arsenal centre back target allowed to leave for a bargain £5m

Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier, a reported target for Arsenal this summer, can allegedly leave the club for just €6m this summer.

The Gunners are still on a high after defeating Hull City in the FA Cup final earlier this month, clinching their first piece of silverware in almost nine years. As a result, confidence is returning to the Emirates Stadium and manager Arsene Wenger is now able to go ahead and spend this summer in order to get the team challenging for more trophies.

Whilst the club have been linked with a number of big name attacking players, Wenger may need to give his defence some attention. Thomas Vermaelen has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season and could look to leave the club as a result, leaving Arsenal with only Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker as recognised centre halves.

It would make sense for Wenger to bring in a young player to groom behind his first choice pairing, and that appears to be the plan after the Gunners were linked with a swoop for Sporting Lisbon's Dier.

Born in Cheltenham, Dier moved to Portugal aged 10 and signed up to the Sporting Lisbon academy after his talent was spotted. Whilst he's eligible to play for Portugal, Dier has represented England at Under 18, Under 19, Under 20 and Under 21 level - and is now expected to return to England this summer.

Arsenal are reportedly leading the chase for his signature, and have been handed a huge boost today with the news that the Portuguese side are willing to let him leave the club for just €6m - which is just under £5m.

The 20-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and under Wenger, he would be teaming up with a manager whose expertise has been in developing players. There would be little expected of him to begin with as Koscielny and Mertesacker continue their excellent partnership, but Dier is one for the future - and a player who could be worth far more than £5m in the future.

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