Arsenal could sign England U21 international Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon for a relatively modest fee this summer.
According to reports from the Portuguese media cited by talkSPORT, the Primeira Liga outfit want just €6 million for the young defender's services - a relatively paltry sum in the wacky context of modern football that the Gunners could surely afford to spend with no issues whatsoever.
A strong and resolute young defender, Dier has made quite an impression in Portuguese football since breaking into Sporting's first team under the management of the now departed Leonardo Jardim.
Having risen through the youth ranks at the Estádio José Alvalade, the gifted centre-back made 13 domestic appearances last season and also further established his reputation in the England youth setup as a member of the U21 and U20 Three Lions sides respectively.
With Arsenal - along with Premier League rivals Tottenham and Stoke - having been credited with an interest in Dier, such a low transfer fee should surely only serve to increase speculation that the 20-year-old could be on his way to the Emirates Stadium as a potential replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.
The Belgian international - who joined Arsenal from Ajax back in 2009 - remains in his role as the Gunners' permanent captain, although it seems very unlikely that he will remain in North London beyond the summer having lost his regular place in Arsene Wenger's defence.
While the young Dier obviously does not boast anywhere near the same level experience as Vermaelen, he clearly possesses an abundance of potential and could be molded into a successful long-term replacement for either Laurent Koscielny or Per Mertesacker.
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