According to The Telegraph, Manchester United are interested in signing Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.
The 30-year-old only joined Los Rojiblancos from Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth at least £20m last year, but has quickly established himself as a first-team regular starter under Diego Simeone, playing in every single minute of every game in the Champions League and La Liga so far this season.
It’s claimed the Red Devils are leading the race to sign Trippier in the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add some cover and competition for his first-choice right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Wan-Bissaka has cemented his place in the starting line-up after arriving at Old Trafford from Crystal Palace in 2019. Whilst you can’t pick many holes in Solskjaer’s side, if there’s one glaring weakness, it’s the lack of depth in key areas, as Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the only other viable option, although Brandon Williams has filled in at right-back at times as well.
Woodward would be wise to sanction a move for Trippier as not only would he be able to provide cover for his countryman, but he’d also be a useful attacking threat as well.
The England international, who has won 23 caps for his country, has played 10 games in La Liga this season, picking up three assists so far, whilst he is averaging 1.9 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and 1 key pass per game, via WhoScored.
By comparison, even Wan-Bissaka has managed fewer clearances and interceptions on average per game in the Premier League so far this season, as per WhoScored.
England manager Gareth Southgate praised the diminutive colossus after he inspired a comeback against Belgium at Wembley back in October, saying “Trippier was like a soldier out there, unbelievable defensive performance,” whilst his former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has been tipped to replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford, has spoken on his admiration for the full-back in the past.
In over a hundred appearances for Spurs, Trippier scored two goals and supplied 24 assists in all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
That sort of threat on the right-wing would be most welcome in Manchester and there’s no doubt he would be a superb signing for the Red Devils as nabbing a seasoned veteran to play second fiddle to Wan-Bissaka would be an extremely smart bit of business.