Manchester United appear to have reached an impasse in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier.
According to ESPN reporter Rob Dawson, the Red Devils are interested in acquiring the 30-year-old’s signature this summer, but they are refusing to meet his €40m (£34m) release clause.
The report also claims that Atletico have shown no indication they are willing to compromise, so United may have to move on to their next transfer target.
News that the current La Liga champions are refusing to lower their asking price for Trippier will surely leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeling frustrated.
The former Tottenham right-back has impressed during his time in Spanish football, supplying 11 assists in 68 appearances for the capital club and claiming the La Liga title along the way.
It had been hoped that his arrival at United would help the 20-time English champions continue their progress under Solskjaer, providing an attacking alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka. However, that prospect appears to be unlikely now, with Atletico’s hierarchy pricing the Red Devils out of a potential move.
With two years remaining on Trippier’s contract at the Wanda Metropolitano, it’s understandable why the Spanish giants are demanding that United pay the England international’s release clause in full, but it won’t be much comfort to Solskjaer and co.
The Norwegian will be hoping to add further reinforcements to his first team squad after the signing of Jadon Sancho is finally announced, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane appearing to edge closer to the Bernabeu exit door.
Trippier had been widely expected to follow Varane in swapping Madrid for the red half of Manchester, although that prospect appears to be off the cards – for now at least.
United will be hoping to claim their first piece of silverware under Solskjaer next season, ending a four-year wait for a major trophy.
Reeling in noisy neighbours Manchester City will be a daunting task, though, and one potentially made even trickier by the expected absence of Trippier from the Red Devils’ ranks.