Kieran Trippier has been a revelation since moving to Atlético Madrid in 2019 and looks set to seal his first piece of silverware at 30 years old. However, he may be thinking about a move back to the Premier League for next season.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that the former Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur right-back has drawn interest from a couple clubs interested in his services. Among the interested parties is Manchester United, who want to add competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and could make a bid for the Bury-born defender.
Everton are also interested in Trippier as the Blues look to improve their squad depth at the right-back position. Paris Saint-Germain are another team Ornstein mentions, as the Ligue 1 juggernauts are currently managed by Mauricio Pochettino, the same manager who brought the very best out of Trippier during his time in North London.
Trippier is entering the final year of his three-year deal, and Atlético might be forced to sell the defender if they want a transfer fee in return — the possibility of his leaving on a free transfer in 2022 looms otherwise. The club’s policy also stipulates that players over 30 are to be renewed on an annual basis, meaning Trippier’s next Atlético contract could run for just 12 months.
Trippier arrived in a €22 million deal from Spurs nearly two years ago and claimed the right-back spot as his own almost immediately. He has been excellent under Diego Simeone, registering 10 assists in two seasons and seeing off challenges from Šime Vrsaljko and Santiago Arias. England boss Gareth Southgate has no shortage of options at the position heading into Euro 2020, but given Trippier’s form, reports in England suggest he will take the rojiblanco.
“It seems inevitable that Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier will be picked as right-back options...at the contentious expense of Trent Alexander-Arnold,” Ornstein writes.
Trippier stepped back into the fray immediately upon his return from a 10-week betting ban in March and has helped to stabilize Atlético’s form. The team is now one victory from claiming the league title.