Transfer News: Manchester United amongst nine Premier League clubs keen on signing Atletico Madrid ace Kieran Trippier
The 31-year-old joined the Spanish club in 2019 and helped them win the league title last term. He remains a potent option for them but is linked with an exit. Man United tried to lure him to Old Trafford in the summer but failed in their pursuit, according to AS (h/t Daily Mail).
However, the Red Devils are ready to go back into the market for the Englishman. But they are not alone this time around, with as many as nine Premier League clubs interested in the Atletico star. Tottenham Hotspur are amongst them, with Antonio Conte eyeing a return for the full-back.
Cash-rich Newcastle United are also ready to make him their highest-paid player. Although there are doubts whether the right-back would want to join a relegation-threatened club. Regardless of who he signs for, the La Liga club is holding out for a transfer fee of £50million for one of their prized assets, which is the former Burnley man’s current release clause.
Worth the bidding war?
Man United were interested in the player in the summer as they were looking for somebody that could provide competition to Aaron wan-Bissaka. However, the former Crystal Palace man has been displaced in the starting line-up by Diogo Dalot since then.
The Portuguese international has put in encouraging performances under Ralf Rangnick so far. He shall need to maintain consistency, but the quality is still there and he is still only 22. Thus, signing Trippier in this situation would not be a wise decision.
Moreover, with nine PL clubs interested, the race for the former Spurs ace could turn into a bidding war. Since signing him is not a pressing issue, there is no need to pay above and beyond his price tag to land his services. A deal could be discussed if Rangnick offloads Dalot or Wan-Bissaka, but it remains to be seen if they leave so soon into Rangnick’s tenure.
Trippier could fit well into the German manager’s system and has years of experience playing at the top level. However, his signing could hamper the development of our current stars. Youngsters like Ethan Laird and Brandon Williams shall also be on the fringes of first-team action next season once they return from their respective loan moves.
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Thus, it is better to cool our interest in the Englishman than engage in a deal that could hurt us in the long run. It is smart to focus our time, funds, and attention towards a position that can use urgent strengthening, such as central midfield.