Arsenal are ready to rekindle their interest in Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier but will need the La Liga outfit to lower their transfer fee demands.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are set to revive their pursuit of Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier as they look to add more quality to the squad before the transfer window closes.
Trippier has been with Atletico Madrid for two years now, having joined from Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur and has grown into a pivotal player for Diego Simeone’s side. The 30-year-old defender played an integral role in Los Rojiblancos’ La Liga title triumph last term and was then a key player for England during their UEFA Euro 2020 final run.
Throughout the summer, though, Trippier has been heavily linked with an exit from Atletico Madrid. At first, it was Manchester United who showed great interest in signing the ex-Tottenham star before Arsenal, too, entered the race for his transfer. However, things hit a roadblock as Atletico demanded that the clubs pay £34 million for the Englishman.
Manchester United, as a result, seem to have ceded their interest, instead bringing Diogo Dalot back into the fold. Arsenal, however, are now ready to make another attempt to try and secure the signing of Trippier from the Colchoneros, although, they are still hoping that the La Liga champions reduce their price tag for the 30-year-old.
Following a disastrous start to the season, the Gunners’ transfer policy has been questioned by fans and pundits alike, with them having spent close to £128 million on new signings this summer – the most by a Premier League team. Even then, there seems to be a shortage of quality and experience within the squad, which Mikel Arteta will be hoping to address this week.
The right-back position is a matter of concern for the north London giants, as Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are both headed for an exit while Calum Chambers is not entirely a natural in the role. Cedric Soares, meanwhile, has been far from consistent and endured a torrid outing against Chelsea this past weekend, highlighting the need for reinforcements in the position.
To that end, Arsenal are now ready to rekindle their interest in the 30-year-old, even though Atletico will hold firm on their demands of £34 million. The Gunners, however, are hoping to negotiate a lower fee, after having seen the England international not start in the first two matches of the season. It remains to be seen if the move sees the light of the day before the transfer window closes.