Manchester United have reignited their interest in Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier. The Red Devils have been long admirers of the 30-year-old and would have made a move for him in January had he not been banned for 10 games for breaching FA Betting Rules.
The full-back’s contract at Atletico Madrid runs out at the end of next season and going after him makes sense for the Reds from Manchester as they aim to acquire some competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right-back spot, a move similar to the signing of Alex Telles which has worked out very well in improving Luke Shaw’s performances.
Meanwhile, numerous reputable news outlets have reported on some interesting developments in this topic. Manchester Evening News (MEN) suggests that United have revitalized their interest in the English international and are considering a formal bid to bring the 30-year-old back to Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be grumpy with Wan-Bissaka’s contributions going forward and has suggested Trippier as a suitable replacement. Also, Kieran Trippier is said to have made plans to return to England permanently. Trippier’s family still lives in Manchester, and he would appreciate the opportunity to play for the team he grew up supporting.
On the other hand, United want commendable competition at right-back, according to Andy Mitten of The Athletic, and hope they can persuade Kieran to join them. Trippier’s ability to push up higher and run inside against low-block teams is something that United admires.
Another big name when it comes to news regarding Manchester United, Laurie Whitwell has also mentioned that Kieran Trippier is a ‘very live target’ for the Red Devils. Work is being initiated by United to see if they can complete a deal for Trippier this summer.
Trippier joined Atletico Madrid in 2019 and played in all 35 games he was eligible for the season, assisting the club in winning their first La Liga title since 2014. Atletico paid £20 million for Trippier but may struggle to return that amount due to his contract issue, while the club’s debt rising to around €1 billion.
He is also one of four right-backs selected in Gareth Southgate’s England for the European Championship, and the former Tottenham defender was a constant presence for the Three Lions during the 2018 World Cup, scoring in the semi-final defeat to Croatia.
A move to the red side of Manchester is on the cards for the 30-year-old but there have been no rumours regarding concrete talks or any bid going in. Hence, I would suggest United fans to take these reports with a pinch of salt at the moment and also wait for at least some mention by Fabrizio Romano who is yet to have a say on this matter.