Manchester United’s pursuit of Kieran Trippier hasn’t got off to the greatest of starts, with Atletico Madrid said to be almost insulted by their opening €14m (£12m) offer.
The Red Devils have pinpointed their right-back position as one of five key areas within their squad that they need to bolster this summer if they’re to bridge the gap between themselves and Premier League champions Manchester City.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has settled into life at Old Trafford well since his big-money move from Crystal Palace in 2019, though question marks over his attacking qualities have refused to go away.
Trippier’s offensive ability has seen United linked with a move for the former Tottenham man, but Mundo Deportivo report that Atleti viewed their opening offer of €14m (£12m) as ‘ridiculous’ and have told United to ‘put good money on the table’ if they’re serious about signing the right-back.
The La Liga champions have no intention of selling the player they view as key to their future success, though their ongoing financial troubles mean they’re likely to sanction his exit if United meet their €35m (£30m) valuation – just short of his €40m (£34.5m) release clause.
Trippier still has two year remaining on the deal has signed with Atleti back in 2019, meaning the Spanish outfit are under no real pressure to sell and are highly unlikely to entertain any offers below the €22m (£19m) they paid for his services just two years ago.
Trippier’s move away from the Premier League in 2019 has helped to revive his career, so much so that he’s now cemented his place back in the England set-up.
The former Spurs man is currently representing his country at Euro 2020, where he performed admirably in an unfamiliar left-back role during Gareth Southgate’s side’s victory against Croatia in their opening game of the tournament.