Manchester United are reportedly closing in on Kieran Trippier, with the Atletico Madrid full-back keen on returning to England.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are edging closer to bring Kieran Trippier back to the Premier League with an £18 million move mooted for the Atletico Madrid full-back. The England international remains keen on returning to England and play again in the Premier League.

After securing the high profile signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United have set their sights on bringing defenders to shore up their backline. Raphael Varane is closely linked, with the deal hanging over an agreement with Real Madrid over fee demands.

Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is the other defender linked with Manchester United, and now a transfer is reportedly close to reaching an agreement. Atletico Madrid were demanding more than €40 million for the right-back. However, the latest story suggests a deal could be agreed for as low as £18 million for the 30-year-old.

Trippier, once outcast by Tottenham, has proven his worth after two impressive seasons in Madrid. He also won the La Liga title with Los Rojiblancos last season, while his performances at UEFA Euro 2020 with England has put him firmly back on Manchester United’s radar.

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Manchester United have a proper right-back in Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Still, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to cover and provide competition for the former Crystal Palace star, with Trippier considered an option to provide a better attacking outlet. The Atletico Madrid star also provides an alternative system and remains versatile to cover centre-back if needed.

His experience is widely considered a plus point in addition to his style of play, which certainly suits Manchester United’s. If United are to sign him, they could take their spending in this window to significant heights. It could rise to £140 million if they successfully sign Varane as well.

Both Trippier and Varane remain priority targets for the Red Devils, who are hoping to complete the deals soon enough. With the Premier League season less than a month away, these signings will be a vital boost for Solksjaer’s squad and preparations for the opening day.

At 30 years of age, Trippier still has plenty to offer on the field, and Manchester United remain keen to bring him back to England. The defender has certainly proven his critics wrong in recent seasons after his exit from Tottenham two years ago. Will Trippier be a good fit for Manchester United?

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