Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has told his England team-mates that he thinks he will join Man Utd this summer, according to reports.
Trippier left Premier League side Tottenham in July 2019 to join Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid and was rewarded for his move this season as the Spaniards won the La Liga title, thanks to Luis Suarez’s winning goal on the final day.
In making a certain number of appearances, he also guaranteed a one-year contract extension, which ties him to the club until 2023.
Trippier has been heavily linked with a return to England with Man Utd, who reportedly made a cheeky £10m bid despite Atletico valuing their right-back at closer to £35m.
Another report earlier in the week claimed Trippier divulged his interest in joining the Red Devils to some of his England teammates.
Not only has he talked to his England colleagues about a possible move, Football Insider now reckon he has told team-mates he ‘expects to sign’ for Man Utd this summer.
He is considered a ‘top target’ for the Red Devils as they look to provide Aaron Wan-Bissaka with some competition at right-back.
A source told Football Insider that ‘Trippier has let it be known to friends, including those in the England squad, that he is keen to return to the Premier League and is likely to end up at Old Trafford.’
It is understood that Trippier is so confident of a move to Man Utd that he has begun ‘house hunting’ in North West England.
Atletico Madrid will hold out for at least £30m for their right-back with the Premier League club ‘expected to return with an improved bid’ after the Spaniards rejected their £10m offer.
Trippier put in a great display as England beat Croatia 1-0 in the first match of the European Championship at Wembley but Man Utd are still ‘unlikely to pay’ the asking price with the defender turning 31 soon.
Gareth Southgate surprised a few by playing Trippier at left-back on Sunday but he reckons the Atletico right-back is “underrated”.
The England boss said: “He is a very underrated player. People are still looking at the player from a few years ago and not at the one who is at Atletico Madrid and playing like a warrior in the last few seasons.
“He is a big part of what we’ve done over the last few years and he gave a really good performance.”