Manchester United are heavily linked with England international and Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier and the latest reports are interesting.
As per a story covered by Argentine outlet Ole (news image provided below), the Rojiblancos are already looking to replace the Three Lions right-back, who is wanted by the Red Devils this summer.
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The South American outlet have mentioned that Man Utd would pay 40 million euros (£34.2million) to sign the defender, on the other hand, the La Liga champions have a Copa America winner in their sights.
Ole claim that Simeone is targeting the signing of La Albiceleste star, Gonzalo Montiel, to replace the former Spurs fullback at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 24-year-old’s current deal with River Plate will expire in December 2022 and it is stated that the contract includes a termination clause of 20 million euros. The 12-capped international managed to keep Neymar quiet in the final of the Copa America and as per reports in Portugal, Primeira Liga giants, Benfica, have already moved in with an offer worth 8 million euros for him.
Trippier did well for Atletico (La Liga winner) and for England (Euro 2020 finalist) but do you think Man Utd should offer £34.2million to sign him? I do not think so.
The ex Burnley defender is past his peak, he will turn 31 next month. Moreover, Solskjaer already has a top first choice right back in the form of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
As far as the backup is concerned, the Old Trafford outfit have Diogo Dalot, who played on loan for AC Milan last term.
Wan Bissaka hasn’t been good enough. He makes a ton of tackles mostly because he’s out of position and has to. He never closes down crosses and his back post defending is awful.
Dalot with games and confidence-boosting patience, could be similarly effective going forwards as Trippier, but defensively (with Varane and Sancho in the team and the cited intention to play 2 AMs, I don’t think the attacking width will be as big a weakness on that side, so we have the option to strengthen the defensive solidity and balance, with Tuanzebe covering for both RB & CB, also enabling cover to play 3 CBs – which would be my preference.
Also, can people get off Wan-Bissaka’s back instead of pandering to his media criticisms, which defensively were down to our positionally dysfunctional CBs and a keeper (De Gea) who won’t leave the goal-line.
Playing next to the efficiency of Varane will sort out his back door & positional issues and speed up his development.
People forget what it was like at RB for a long long time before he came in.
Aaron’s a talent, so I’m not bothered what fatboy Charlie Austin has to say.