Manchester United are reportedly still interested in signing Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier contrary to other reports.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the 30-year-old throughout the summer, with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to bring in some competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
However, recent reports claimed the Norwegian tactician had ended his pursuit of Trippier after being impressed with Diogo Dalot during pre-season, but reliable journalist Jonathan Shrager has claimed that’s not the case.
He tweeted: “Whilst nothing has significantly progressed, I am told that #MUFC remain interested in Trippier and that there is still a chance it may happen”.
United are believed to have seen a £10 million bid for the talented right-back turned down by Atleti in the current window after the Spanish champions refused to accept an offer below the £34 million buyout clause inserted into his contract.
Trippier has excelled since arriving at the Wanda Metropolitano two years ago in a £20m move, providing 11 assists in 69 appearances for the capital club.
He played a pivotal part in their title-winning campaign last term, starting 28 La Liga fixtures as Diego Simeone’s charges shocked Spanish football’s dominant duo to claim their second top-flight crown in eight years.
Therefore, United fans will likely be delighted to learn that the club’s hierarchy are still keen on acquiring the England international’s services before the window shuts.
Although first-choice right-back Wan-Bissaka excels in the defensive aspect of his game, the former Crystal Palace academy graduate can often be left wanting in the final third of the pitch.
And in the modern era, full-backs are expected to heavily contribute in an attacking sense, something Trippier naturally excels at given his outstanding crossing ability and accuracy from dead ball situations.
As per fbref.com, the Atleti ace completed 78.3% of his dribbles, whereas the United man achieved a success rate of 60.6%. Trippier also outperformed Wan-Bissaka in terms of shot-creating actions per 90, forging 2.73 shooting opportunities compared to 1.68.
It’s clear that Atleti’s experienced Englishman would bring a new element to the Old Trafford outfit’s attack, and the club’s supporters will be hoping they get to witness it at the Theatre of Dreams this season.