Tottenham Hotspur could brace themselves for a shocking Real Madrid raid for Kieran Trippier, who could cost around £50 million.
According to Sun, Real Madrid are interested in signing a Tottenham Hotspur star this summer. Only this time the subjects are not just Harry Kane or Dele Alli, as the British newspaper believes that the European champions are plotting a stunning £50 million move for Kieran Trippier, who raised a lot of eyebrows with his performances in the recently concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In fact, it is believed that sources close to the club have spoken openly about the England international being aware of Real’s interest.
Although the transfer claim might seem rather bizarre from a certain perspective, Trippier has indeed been identified as a major target for big clubs around Europe, following his exploits in the World Cup. And if the reports are to be believed a fee of £50 million could make him the most expensive English player in the history.
As iterated earlier, the 27-year-old was a crucial feature as the Three Lions surprised everyone to reach the semi-finals of the coveted competition. And despite their rather disappointing elimination against Croatia in the semis which was followed by their defeat to Belgium in the third-place playoff match, Trippier was still included in FIFA’s official World Cup XI.
Trippier initially joined Spurs back in 2015 for a fee of just £3.5 million. During his time with the Lilywhites, the former Burnley defender gradually became a pivotal figure in Mauricio Pochettino’s side that saw them transform as one of the most feared clubs in English football.
The departure of Kyle Walker last summer, further ingrained Trippier as the regular first-choice right-back for the club, despite the arrival of talented PSG fullback Serge Aurier as the 27-year-old featured in 24 league games last season – the most since joining Spurs.
His proficiency from set-pieces coupled and his tenacity in wider positions was utilized perfectly by Pochettino – something that England coach Gareth Southgate must have observed very carefully last season.
That being said, Real Madrid’s interest in this highly rated English defender seems rather bizarre considering the fact that they have already secured the signing of Alvaro Odriozola earlier this summer. The former Real Sociedad youngster comes with a cunning reputation and looks ready to compete with Dani Carvajal for a place in the starting lineup in the forthcoming season.
Even the newly appointed Julen Lopetegui will be delighted to have the services of the Spanish youngster next season, which was further depicted by the exit of Achraf Hakimi. The Moroccan international joined Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan deal earlier this month.
Therefore, the addition of Trippier might seem absurd on a certain level given the fact that Los Blancos will also have to fund the transfer for one or perhaps even two galacticos this summer, following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are also closing in on the capture of Thibaut Courtois, who could cost around €35 million.