Tottenham are reportedly ready to see Kieran Trippier depart the club and will listen to offers for the defender, who is on the radar of Manchester United.
The Sun have claimed that Tottenham have made peace with the fact that Kieran Trippier might not be a Spurs player beyond the summer transfer window. The English international is courting interest from Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Manchester United and will reportedly be allowed to leave, should an adequate offer be put on the table.
The report adds that Atletico Madrid are plotting a bid of just £15 million for Trippier, which would fall way short of the reported £40 million Tottenham want to recoup from his sale. The report further adds that Napoli are also fearful that interest from Atletico Madrid and Manchester United could drive Trippier’s price even higher than £40 million.
Kieran Trippier joined Tottenham in the summer of 2015 from Burnley and has since established himself as a key member of the Spurs roster. The English international was hailed for his set-piece delivery and crossing ability from the flanks in particular, which was on show during the 2018 FIFA World Cup as England finished a respectable fourth.
At club level, Trippier’s form has dipped since the World Cup, with the player himself admitting he has had a sub-par season thus far. But, the defender would hope it’s just a dip, with the kind of interest he has been able to generate, according to recent reports.
Manchester United badly need a right-back in their squad. Antonio Valencia is likely to exit the club in the summer and Ashley Young’s performances is starting to scare United fans of the club’s fate, should there be no option other than Diogo Dalot at right-back. The recent Victor Lindelof experiment has also failed to yield fruit.
The Portuguese needs more time and thus, Trippier, with the sort of experience he has, would be the ideal addition to the squad at Old Trafford.
Everton are also interested in the 28-year-old, with the aim being to replace the ageing Seamus Coleman on the right flank. With Atletico Madrid and Napoli also in the race, Spurs would look to pocket as much as they can from this deal to reinvest into the squad.
For Trippier, this presents a chance of furthering his career at a different club or even perhaps, in a different league while also being privy to a handsome rise in his own pay packet, something that is unlikely to happen at Tottenham, with Spurs boasting a very stringent wage structure.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to add a natural crosser of the ball, considering how woeful United have been in their deliveries from out wide, especially with the club boasting of an aerial predator like Romelu Lukaku in their ranks. Trippier could just be the man Solskjaer needs to strengthen both defence and attack.