Kieran Tripper remains ‘optimistic’ over a return to the Premier League this summer amid interest from Manchester United.
United are interested in signing the England international from Atletico Madrid and Trippier is keen on a move to the Red Devils, with the right-back having reportedly having made arrangements to relocate to Manchester on a permanent basis.
The 30-year-old signed for Atletico in a £20m deal from Tottenham in 2019 and formed part of the side that were crowned La Liga champions last season, before reaching the final of Euro 2020 as part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The Manchester Evening News are reporting that the defender is ‘optimistic’ over the prospect of a move materialising before the end of the transfer window, where he would provide a more creative outlet at right-back than current first-choice Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Trippier started every Atletico game he was available for last season and provided six assists, whilst he also provided the assist for Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw’s opener in the Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy.
Having come through the Manchester City academy system, Trippier is understood to be keen on a return to his native north west after two seasons in Spain.
United’s focus has been on the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund with a deal on the verge of completion, and the Sun have made the bold claim that further announcements are expected towards the end of next week, in relation to the signing of both Trippier and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
Time will tell how accurate those particular claims are, with United the Red Devils yet to come to an agreement with either Madrid club; Atletico believed to be wanting £40m for Trippier.