Man Utd are likely to return for Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier in the January transfer window, according to reports.
Trippier was part of Diego Simeone’s side that won the La Liga title last season, while he made five appearances as England reached the final of Euro 2020.
His performances last term saw the Red Devils reportedly make a cheeky £10m offer for the former Tottenham defender – but it was understood that Atletico wanted closer to £35m.
Reports emerged towards the middle of August that Man Utd had ‘ended their interest’ in Trippier before speculation that Arsenal were keen on the player.
The Gunners were apparently trying to get Atletico to accept players in part-exchange or lower their demands but, again, nothing came of their reported advances.
And now Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) claims that Man Utd are not giving up on Trippier despite Atletico’s insistence that they have to pay his release clause.
Mundo Deportivo adds that ‘Manchester United are expected to return to the fray’ when the January transfer window re-opens.
When revealing Diogo Dalot would be staying at Old Trafford on deadline day, Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger also said that Atletico ‘turned down a €21m (£18m) bid from’ Man Utd for Trippier.
Diogo Dalot will NOT join Borussia Dortmund as Manchester United can’t find a right-back replacement. Understand Atlético Madrid turned down a €21m bid from #MUFC for Kieran Trippier. The Englishman will now definitely stay in Spain. No move in this transfer window! @SPORT1
— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) August 31, 2021
Meanwhile, United captain Harry Maguire was proud of how England came through a testing night against Hungary to take command of their World Cup qualification group.
“We knew the mentality of this squad would be tested,” Maguire said.
“Obviously such disappointment in the Euros final and then to come back here we knew we had a job to do. We knew what we have to do.
“We have to qualify for Qatar and give ourselves another opportunity of playing at a major championship and that’s what every young boy dreams of.
“We’re in a great position now. It’s not done, we’ve got a big game obviously on Sunday and then another big game on Wednesday where we can really stamp our authority on the group and that’s what we’ve got to do.”