Manchester United could make a late dash to sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid despite cooling their interest recently.
According to The Athletic, Manchester United is exploring signing Kieran Trippier before the transfer window closes. If the transfer materialises, it could happen deep into the late stages of the window, which will shut on August 31st.
Manchester United have surprised their fans and the footballing world alike by bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus. The Premier League side took up the opportunity on the Portuguese superstar and signed him ahead of close rivals Manchester City. However, the club might still dip into the market for another signing.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to sign a right-back in this window after feeling short on that particular side. Aaron Wan-Bissaka offers reliable performances on the flank, but the manager wanted an experienced player to provide cover and competition to the former Crystal Palace man.
Kieran Trippier stood out among the players on the list Manchester United drew up, and the club opened discussions over a move with Atletico Madrid after the Euros. The La Liga side demanded a fee between £28 million and £34 million, depending on various reports. Although, Solskjaer’s side only made an offer of around £10 million.
However, Diogo Dalot’s form in pre-season also promoted Solskjaer to rethink the Trippier pursuit, resulting in United cooling their interest in the Atletico man. Meanwhile, Arsenal became interested in signing Trippier and are still chasing the former Tottenham full-back.
Solskjaer even hinted that United might have completed their transfer business recently, but the signing of Ronaldo shows it’s far from over. They have seemingly re-ignited their interest in Trippier and are exploring the opportunity to sign the right-back before the window closes.
Additionally, there’s an attractive loan offer from Borussia Dortmund for Dalot. The player seems interested in making a move rather than being the second choice at Old Trafford, which would open up a spot in the squad for a new right-back.
It remains to be seen if United pursue Trippier with all their might or if it’s just another story round up. Either way, Atletico have shown no indications they might be ready to offload him on the cheap. The right-back is considered a key cog in Diego Simeone’s system at the Madrid based club, especially after winning the La Liga.