Despite signing Diogo Dalot, and despite already having endured one of the most protracted negotiations of the summer with Tottenham Hotspur, fresh reports have emerged linking Manchester United with a move for Kieran Trippier.

Trippier was one of the stars of England’s World Cup campaign, after emerging as Tottenham’s right back following the sale last year of Kyle Walker. Indeed, Trippier’s quality made the £50m exit of Walker more palatable, and his stock only rose in Russia this summer with a string of superb performances. The 27 year old was one of England’s most creative players and scored a stunning free kick in the ultimately unsuccessful semi-final.

His exploits earned him the freedom of Bury and his impressive performances have inevitably led to links with Europe’s elite; the Mail claim that United’s interest extended to the point where they intended to make an offer next year, though if they get an indication of Spurs’ willingness to sell, they will make their own bid. Trippier would be a huge upgrade on Antonio Valencia but it is difficult to see United spending any funds they do have on another right back.

From the Mail :

Kieran Trippier’s stunning World Cup for England has put Europe’s elite on alert.

The Tottenham Hotspur right back played a starring role in the Three Lions’ faith-restoring tournament, creating chances and scoring a free-kick that put Gareth Southgate’s men ahead in the semi-final.

Sportsmail understands a number of top clubs on the continent – including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid – are now tracking the Bury born 27-year-old.Manchester United are also looking at successors to 33-year-old Antonio Valencia, and have long admired City youth product Trippier, although any move from the Old Trafford giants may come in 12 months’ time.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy tied down a number of stars, including Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, in a series of shrewd moves before the tournament.

Trippier penned a new deal last summer and his value will have rocketed since.