Manchester United were interested in Kieran Trippier this summer but Atletico Madrid did not baulk at their asking price which meant that Diogo Dalot stayed at Old Trafford.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the La Liga holders were asking for €40m for Trippier, whose contract expires in 2023.
That contract situation raises the prospect that United will go back in for Trippier next year.
Unless he signs a new deal, he will be free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with United from January 2023 onward.
But United’s decision on that will be influenced by how Dalot gets on this season.
But how has Trippier started the season for the Spanish giants?
Slow start for Kieran Trippier
After registering six assists from 28 La Liga games last season, the 31-year-old is yet to lay on an assist for Diego Simeone’s side this season.
But after completing the full 90 minutes in all but three of the 36 matches he started across La Liga and the Champions League last season, Trippier has only completed the full match just once this campaign from nine appearances so far.
In the last week, Los Colchoneros have had their two biggest games of the season so far and they managed to win both, but Trippier found himself on the periphery.
They beat AC Milan 2-1 and saw off Barcelona 2-0 on Saturday. Trailing 1-0 to the Italians but with Frank Kessie sent off, Simeone brought Trippier off in the 40th minute to be replaced by Joao Felix to go more attacking.
Against Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona side, Trippier started on the bench and came on at half-time.
Despite playing in a formation where Trippier can use his crossing abilities to create chances, he’s only made five crosses from nine appearances this season (WhoScored).
After playing an influential role in helping England get to the final of the European Championships and a summer filled with transfer uncertainty, Trippier has struggled to rekindle the form he showed last year.
As a result his defensive and attacking numbers have suffered in comparison to last season’s La Liga triumph.
Defensively Trippier is only currently averaging one tackle, 0.5 interceptions and 0.9 clearances per game.
Whereas last year, the former Tottenham man averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game.
Trippier is slightly averaging more shots per game (0.3) this year compared to last (0.1), but his ability to create chances has suffered. This year he averages 0.5 key passes per game whereas last year he was averaging 1.2 per game.
The England full-back is also not getting on the ball as frequently in matches. Last year he averaged 53.2 passes and 1.2 crosses per game whereas this campaign sees him average 35.6 passes and 0.6 crosses per game (WhoScored).
It’s been a difficult start to the new campaign for Trippier and it will be interesting to see whether he can get through this sticky period.
There is no doubt that Solskjaer and his scouting team will be aware of Trippier’s dip in form and will be closely monitor whether it’s something he comes out of.
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