Manchester United have reportedly cooled their interest in signing Kieran Trippier this summer following some impressive performances from Diogo Dalot.
Trippier has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to provide greater competition to current number one right back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The 23-year-old has shown himself to be a hard man to get by since his £50 million move from Crystal Palace in 2019, though has often seen his attacking ability questioned while there remains question marks on elements of his defensive positioning and intelligence.
Kieran Trippier has emerged as a target for the Red Devils this summer, though have so far struggled to come to an agreement with Atletico Madrid who is unwilling to sell for less than his €40 million release clause.
However, according to The Athletic, United were only ‘willing’ to pay £10m for the former Spurs man, and after being impressed by the pre-season performances of Diogo Dalot, they have subsequently cooled their interest in Trippier.
Dalot – signed by compatriot Jose Mourinho in 2018 – impressed on-loan at AC Milan before being drafted into the Portugal squad for this summer’s European championships after Man City’s Joao Cancelo tested positive for Covid-19, featuring twice before their exit to Belgium in the last 16.
The Portuguese – who can play at both right and left-back – was expected to be allowed to leave on loan once again this season, though United have found their desired €5m loan fee prohibitive, with AC Milan now expected to sign Alessandro Florenzi from Roma instead.
Dalot has however impressed during the club’s pre-season preparations, offering a greater attacking outlet than Wan-Bissaka and even netting an impressive looping header to wrap up the 4-0 win over Everton at the weekend; the report saying that the full-back is now ‘expected to stay’ at Old Trafford for the upcoming season.
As for Trippier, reports in recent days have suggested that Arsenal could be interested as they seek a potential replacement for Hector Bellerin, who is keen to move on.