Manchester United have a problem with their proposed move for England right-back Kieran Trippier, it has emerged.
United officials are “interested” in the Atletico Madrid man once again after failing to land him in January. Ed Woodward could not get a deal over the line earlier this year, but the 30-year-old remains on United’s wanted list.
John Murtough reportedly failed recently with his first bid, which came in at £10million.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (June 14), though, United have made the Spanish club think with a €25million (£21.5million) bid.
Boss Diego Simeone was beginning to ‘evaluate’ Trippier’s exit, with the Old Trafford club waiting for a response.
The BBC though have a slightly different spin on events with United apparently not willing to go to £20m for the former Burnley and Spurs man.
Simon Stone claims Trippier, who played at left-back in England’s 1-0 Euro 2020 win over Croatia, “is keen on a move to United”.
A transfer back to the north west of England would reunite the defender with his family after he left for Madrid in 2019.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, per the report, is also a fan of the player’s versatility with Trippier also able to play as a wing-back and in midfield.
However, Murtough and United officials are unwilling to meet Atletico’s current valuation given that he has just one year left on his contract. The fact that he will have very little or no resale value means they will not go to £20million.
Some way short of his release clause, which has been reported at a figure of €40million (£34million).
Trippier has spent two seasons at Atletico after joining from Tottenham for £20m plus add-ons two years ago. He helped the club win LaLiga for the first time since 2013/14.
Sergio Ramos chase
Meanwhile, Man City, PSG and United are reportedly all in the hunt to sign Sergio Ramos.
The 35-year-old, who has been with Madrid since 2005, will depart at the end of his contract on June 30. The LaLiga club announced on Wednesday evening that they will host a farewell to the defender on Thursday, followed by a press conference.
A short statement on the club website read: “Real Madrid C. F. announces that tomorrow, Thursday 17 June, at 12:30pm, an institutional act of tribute and farewell to our captain Sergio Ramos will be held, which will be attended by our president Florentino Perez.
“Sergio Ramos will then appear before the media in a virtual press conference.”
And the battle to sign the defender has already begun. In fact it’s been going on behind the scenes for “a long time”.
City are at the head of the queue to sign the Madrid icon, according to AS.
The Spanish daily insist that “the team that has taken the most strength in recent weeks has been Manchester City”.
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