In recent weeks, Manchester United has been associated with a deal for Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier.
After a bad season under Mauricio Pochettino, the England international joined the La Liga giants from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2019.
Nevertheless, under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, Trippier rediscovered his best form and consequently made his way back into the England fold.
And according to a story published by The Telegraph (via Metro) earlier in December, as the club looks to hire a quality alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back, Trippier has now emerged as a priority for Man United.
Ahead of the opening of the January transfer window, murmurs about United’s possible interest rumbled on throughout the month, and now David Ornstein has stated that Old Trafford’s interest is real.
The trustworthy journalist reported that United had held talks with Trippier in the past while writing in his Q&A column on The Athletic, but his latest 10-week ban on football scuppered the prospect of a January contract.
It’s right, Menas, that Manchester United had discussions about Trippier’s transfer, but I didn’t hear anything to suggest that the matter went any further.
What it does suggest is that they are thinking of adding competition at right-back for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, which is what happened last summer at left-back when Alex Telles was hired to compete with Luke Shaw. At present, I do not know of any other names in the picture.
As for Trippier, it seems to me that he and his family will consider returning from Spain, but any future switch would be complicated by the Football Association’s 10-week suspension of the 30-year-old over a betting fee linked to his 2019 move from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.