Three things to know about Manchester United's Kieran Trippier transfer pursuit
Manchester United are making slow progress in pursuit of defender Kieran Trippier.
The Guardian report United have been knocked back by Atletico Madrid with an official approach for the right-back.
There is still plenty of time to get a deal done. But United’s early efforts to move quickly in the transfer market are so far hitting the buffers.
While the move has not yet moved forward as United would like, a lot has been said about Trippier this week. Here are three things you need to know…
Nobody knows how much he will cost
Amid all the transfer reports, it seems nobody knows how much Trippier will actually cost. This includes Manchester United.
The Guardian‘s report says Atletico want £34.4 million (40m Euros) for Trippier. But this figure is actually the defender’s release clause.
Mundo Deportivo report United offered as little as £10 million. These figures are wildly different and the two clubs may have to meet in the middle.
There is no way £34.4 million is good business for a 30-year-old defender. At around £20 million the investment becomes more viable. The Times reports Atletico’s asking price is ‘in excess of £20 million’.
Various figures are being thrown around and with a whole summer to negotiate, both parties are starting off in extreme positions.
The position Atletico take will be determined by two factors. Firstly does Trippier push for a move. Secondly Atletico will respond to how they feel United are behaving. If the Red Devils’ offers are seen to be lowballing too much, they could become stubborn and less likely to meet in the middle.
Solskjaer did not originally plan to sign him
The Times reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not plan to sign another right-back. He has however become intrigued by the possibility of signing Trippier.
The United manager has learned of Trippier’s desire to join the club he supports. He is said to view Trippier’s crossing and defensive positioning as superior to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Wan-Bissaka is seen as United’s long-term right-back, but he can also learn a lot from Trippier. We broke down five reasons why Trippier would be a sensible fit for United earlier this month.
Solskjaer is said to only be keen on landing Trippier if a deal is sensibly priced. This means getting him for less than the £34 million Atletico are demaning.
Gareth Southgate has lauded his improvement
England boss Gareth Southgate has been singing Trippier’s praises after his performance at left-back for England against Croatia.
Southgate said Trippier is a different player to the one who left Tottenham in 2019, thanks to the influence of ultra-defensive Atletico boss Diego Simeone. He played a key role in winning the La Liga title last season.
The England manager told the Standard: “I think people are still seeing the lad that was at Spurs a couple of years ago and not the defensive animal that has grown at Atletico Madrid, trusted by one of the best and most successful coaches in the world.
“He gets his distances right on cover, he’s good one-v-one to stop crosses, and his talking is really good.”
Trippier’s ability to play at left-back is an extra string to his bow although United are well covered at the position. His ability to feature at wing-back could allow for a change of formation.
The performances Trippier puts in during the European Championships could end up having an impact on his price tag. Atletico are less likely to sell on the cheap if he has a strong tournament and helps England go a long way.
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