Kieran Trippier’s price keeps on rising. Sky Sports claim Atletico Madrid would want £43 million (50m Euros) to sell.
This deal is now at the stage where Atletico look like they don’t want to sell at all.
£43 million is too high for a 30-year-old and even if United negotiate them down, £30 million would still seem too expensive.
The longer this drags on, the better it looks for talented prospect Ethan Laird.
Pre-season big chance for Laird
Laird is Manchester United’s brightest youngster at right-back. He is a big reason against signing a younger alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka like Max Aarons.
Trippier, 30, would not necessarily stunt his development long-term. Laird, 19, could head out on more loans and work his way into the team eventually.
If United are unable to sign Trippier, then Laird becomes a player United might decide to fast-track.
Last season went well for Laird. He was sent out on loan to MK Dons and impressed, showing he could handle the physical intensity of competitive football. He played 25 games in total between January and May.
While a cautious approach would be to find a loan for him in the Championship or Premier League, United don’t always go down this route.
A strong pre-season could give the club reason to promote Laird into the first team and save a considerable amount of money on Trippier.
Trippier is a tempting proposition but just not at the money Atletico require.
Laird made his debut for United in 2019 and has impressed for the under-23s with his attacking play, demonstrating an ability to take players on and beat them.
He has a natural fluidity to his game which Aaron Wan-Bissaka lacks. This is one reason to put some faith in him and hope he can make the step up.
United may take a look at him in pre-season and decide he is not quite ready. This will intensify aims to try and strike a deal for Trippier, whatever the price.
But if Laird can step up and show he is ‘first-team ready’, then United’s transfer plans could change completely.
This delay over signing Trippier works in the United teenager’s favour and should give him extra reason to return ready to hit the ground running and prove a point.
The door is open for Laird. A big summer could change the course of his career.
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