If you are following the transfer window closely you will know that Manchester United are keen to sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid this summer.
United are interested in signing a right-back and view Trippier as the perfect option.
Experienced? Check. Can play on both flanks? Check. Quality? Check. Winning mentality? Check. What more do you need?
Some hurdles need to be crossed to get the deal done, and by the looks of it, it seems unlikely to happen.
The price being quoted by intermediaries is more than £30 million, and United think that is too much for a 30-year-old with very little sell-on value.
To rub salt into the wounds, sources have told ESPN that Atletico are not willing to listen to any offers for Trippier. So, the chapter is closed before the page is opened.
So, what is plan B?
ESPN claim that Norwich City full-back Max Aarons is an option for the club if a deal for Trippier falls through.
For the best part of the past few months, we’ve been told by transfer experts that Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are fighting it out for Aarons.
Norwich will eventually sell Aarons, as it is part of their transfer policy. They will sell him to the highest bidder, with the minimum bidding price starting from £35m.
Aarons is a different type of full-back who doesn’t fit the criteria that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking at. If United are to push for him, it would mean a deviation from their initial transfer plan.
Or could it be just a random name thrown into the mix to spice up the story?
Re: Spurs. They have just done the most Spursy thing in the past 12 hours. Let the dust settle down – we’ll talk about them later in another article.
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