Kieran Trippier has divulged his interest in joining Manchester United to some of his England teammates, according to reports.
Trippier, currently preparing for this summer’s European Championships, has been a target of United’s for some time, with the club eager to provide competition at right-back for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
He secured his first major honour last season, winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid. In making a certain number of appearances, he also guaranteed a one-year contract extension, which ties him to the club until 2023.
However, with the right-back hailing from Greater Manchester, he is reportedly open to a move back home. According to the Daily Mirror, he made that known to a few of his England colleagues.
Despite his fine displays in the Spanish capital, Trippier was somewhat of a controversial selection in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man Euros squad, given the presence of three other elite right-backs in Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Reece James.
Trippier, though, has impressed for England in the past, and appears to have earnt the trust of his manager. He is also valued for his versatility, with the 30-year-old more than capable of filling in at left-back.
It is this quality, and experience, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add to his United side. The Red Devils hope to strike a deal at £20million.
Speaking to Norwegian news outlet TV2, Solskjaer said of his summer plans: “We are second best, but too far behind to threaten those who won. We have to strengthen ourselves.
“Of course, something will happen in the transfer window. The world has become very different than 15-16 months ago, but we have to make some moves.
“It is never possible to sit back. You are constantly looking for reinforcements.
“Football is dynamic, so unexpected things can happen such as injuries, illness, something familiar or that someone wants to move.
“You have to take everything possible into consideration and reflection. I will never sit down and think that ‘now the team is the way I want it to be’, because you always see some other players or other teams doing something you want.”