Report: Barcelona planning to scout Tottenham star Eric Dier

Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected after The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on April 21, 2018 in London,...

Tottenham Hotspur could reportedly face a battle to hold onto Eric Dier, with Barcelona now apparently monitoring his form.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham and Harry Kane of Tottenham and Eric Dier of Tottenham and Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC...

According to a report from TEAMtalk, Tottenham could have to respond to an offer from Barcelona for Eric Dier next summer, with the Catalan giants planning to monitor the Spurs star's form for the rest of the season.

Dier apparently caught Barca's eye with his stunning performance in England's dramatic Nations League win over Spain during the international break.

 

The performance led to Sam Allardyce suggesting on talkSPORT that Dier is as good as Barcelona star Sergio Busquets. And while the comments saw the one-time Three Lions boss face a lot of ridicule, it appears that Barcelona may not have had too dissimilar an idea.

TEAMtalk reports that the La Liga leaders have their eye on a number of defensive targets, including Dier's teammate Toby Alderweireld, and feel that Dier needs to be monitored due to his versatility

Sergio Ramos of Spain is challenged by Eric Dier of England during the UEFA Nations League A Group Four match between Spain and England at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 15, 2018 in...

The report adds that Barca plan to keep scouting Dier over the coming months as they weigh up whether to make a move for the 24-year-old at the end of the season.

Dier - who earns £60,000-a-week at Spurs, according to Spotrac - is perhaps not one of the biggest stars in Mauricio Pochettino's squad, but he is a hugely important member of the side for the exact reason that Barcelona now want him. 

He has the ability to play almost any role asked of him. And with question marks lingering over the futures of both Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama - as reported by The Sun - letting Dier go will surely be something that Pochettino will be desperate to avoid. 

Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur applauds fans after the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur at American Express Community Stadium on September 22, 2018...

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