With there being a lack of clarity over Kieran Trippier’s future at Atletico Madrid, the club is pondering over a right-back’s signing.
Manchester United, who recently signed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, remain linked with Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier as well. The Red Devils are thought to be keen on adding competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and see former Tottenham Hotspur man, Trippier, as an ideal signing. The player also is keen on returning to England.
While the Premier League giants have not yet made an official approach for the 30-year-old, it is expected that they will try to close out their third signing of the summer by the end of August. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will need to pay 40 million euros for Trippier and Atletico Madrid have already started to plan for life without him, Mundo Deportivo claims.
In a bid to mitigate the risk of having to play with second-fiddle options at right-back for the first part of the new season, in case Trippier departs, the La Liga champions have now shortlisted three alternatives to the Englishman. Arsenal outcast Hector Bellerin, Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi and Portuguese full-back Nelson Semedo are on the club’s vigil.
Bellerin is set to leave the Emirates Stadium and remains keen on moving to Inter Milan. Florenzi spent the last season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, but he has returned to Roma ahead of the season and is expected to be in Jose Mourinho’s plans. Semedo, meanwhile, joined Wolverhampton Wanderers just a year ago and seems content in his current setting.
As far as Atletico Madrid are concerned, Bellerin is not the most ideal option for them to pursue. He has fallen behind Callum Chambers in the pecking order at Arsenal for his poor defensive performances, which are a contradiction of what Diego Simeone bases his system on. The same can be said about Semedo, who was sold by Atleti’s rivals Barcelona last year.
Florenzi however could be a brilliant option. One of the reasons why PSG did not permanently sign him was because of his attacking attributes, but the full-backs in Simeone’s system are rarely expected to contribute offensively. The Italian right-back has welcomed Mourinho’s employment at Roma but kept the door open to leaving them.
Inter Milan have looked at him as a potential signing, but they could pass on the 30-year-old in the event that they sign Bellerin. Due to their three-man backline and a more offensive system of playing with wing-backs, the Spaniard is naturally a better option for them to pursue. Plus, Roma could be reluctant in selling a senior player to a domestic rival.
Though Atletico Madrid are in a fair position to sign Florenzi and a right bid could see them succeed in landing him, they are taking a risk by letting questions over Trippier’s future get asked until the very end of the transfer window. The ex-Spurs defender has a contract at the club till June 2023 and could be asked to stay if Atletico don’t sign a replacement for him in due course.
How do you reckon the La Liga side’s right-back situation will pan out by this month’s end?