Rio Ferdinand has questioned Manchester United’s reported interest in signing Kieran Trippier this summer.
United have been linked with the Atletico Madrid defender as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to add more competition and quality at right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka the only real option for the Red Devils at present.
While the former Crystal Palace full-back is often widely praised for his defensive abilities, there have been plenty of question marks about his attacking play, with Trippier much more of a threat going forward.
United are thought to be looking to do a cut-price deal of around £15 million for the 30-year-old, who is believed to be keen on a return to the Premier League, though reports in Spain have suggested that he won’t be allowed to leave the Spanish capital for less than his £35 million release clause.
However, Rio Ferdinand isn’t convinced by the speculation about United’s interest in the former Spurs man, with the Old Trafford outfit having splashed out handsomely to bring in Wan-Bissaka two years ago.
“I don’t think they’d buy someone to come in and play [every week], I think whoever’s coming in there is going to be playing backup,” Ferdinand told Metro .
“They spent £50million on Wan-Bissaka, not to be a backup or No. 2. He wouldn’t be my choice if I’m honest, but I see the qualities he has.
“But Trippier definitely wouldn’t be my choice in terms of the profile of player that I’d be bringing in to play as a No. 2 right-back.”
Aside from Trippier, United are in talks with Borussia Dortmund over a deal for Jadon Sancho, while they are also believed to be keen on signing a centre-back and a central midfielder.
See also – Euro 2020 – Group D preview