Manchester United could be closing in on their first signing of the summer, as Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier seemingly nears a return to English football.
What’s the story?
According to a major update from Football Insider, the 30-year-old has told his international teammates that he is likely to sign for the Red Devils over the coming months and as such, he’s already begun house-hunting in the North West of England
Fans will be buzzing
United are believed to have made an opening bid of £10 million for the talented full-back, but Diego Simeone’s side value the former Tottenham Hotspur man closer to £30m.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer has reportedly made Trippier one of his top targets ahead of the upcoming transfer window as he looks to provide cover and competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The current United No.29 has impressed since making a big-money move to United two years ago, although his struggles in the final third have been well documented.
While he excels at his defensive duties, making the most blocks in the top-flight last season and the joint-fifth most tackles, the attacking aspect of his game comes less naturally to the 23-year-old.
Compared to his compatriot, Wan-Bissaka lags behind Trippier when it comes to several statistics, highlighting their contrasting output in the opposition’s half.
These figures are evidence of the added qualities that the England international will bring to Solskjaer’s side should he arrive this summer, and news of his potential addition will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing.
His delivery was once described as “outstanding” by current Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, and it’s easy to understand why when delving into the stats.
While other positions should take preference for United this summer, if they can afford to bring in Trippier alongside the likes of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, then it’s certainly a deal worth making.