Man Utd ‘working to complete Trippier transfer’ after coming close in winter

Manchester United are ‘working to complete’ a deal for Kieran Trippier after missing out on the Atletico Madrid defender in the winter.

Trippier, 30, has 12 months left on his current deal at the Wanda Metropolitano and is reportedly keen on a Premier League return.

The right-back joined Atletico from Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 and has been an important player in Diego Simeone’s side ever since.

He has made 35 appearances for the Spanish side this term and didn’t miss a minute of their final five games of the season as they pipped Barcelona and rivals Real Madrid to the La Liga title.

It is understood that Trippier has enjoyed playing football in a different country and experiencing a new culture, but he is now keen on returning home with his family still based in the north-west.

That could play into the hands of United, who are looking to find competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

Athletic journalist Laurie Whitwell confirmed on Twitter that the Red Devils are exploring a deal to sign Trippier this summer.

He tweeted: “Kieran Trippier a very live target for #MUFC. Work initiated to see if – after coming close in winter window – United can complete the right-back's return to Manchester this summer.”

For the moment, the in-demand full-back is concentrating on England’s Euro 2020 campaign, which begins against Croatia on June 13.

Trippier, whose free-kick three years ago had the Three Lions in the World Cup final for all of 63 minutes, speaks highly of the current squad.

“All I can say is that I believe in every single player in the England team,” said Trippier.

“I believe we’ve got an unbelievable manager, the players… we’ve got such a quality team and we’ll be going into every single game, make no mistake, trying to win.

“I believe with the squad that we’ve got we can achieve great things now and moving into the future, for sure.”

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