According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid have told Manchester United that they need to cough up €40m (£34.3m) if they wish to sign former Tottenham star Kieran Trippier.
With hindsight, Tottenham’s decision to sell Tripper to Atletico Madrid for £21.7m back in 2019 has come back to haunt the North London club.
While the right-back did struggle in his final season at Spurs, he has since admitted that he played through an injury.
The England international has demonstrated during his time at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium that he is still a top-class full-back, playing a valued role in Atletico’s march to the La Liga title last season.
Meanwhile, right-back has been a problem area for Spurs, with Serge Aurier continuing to be plagued by inconsistency and last summer’s signing, Matt Doherty, failing to have the expected impact.
The Athletic reported last week that Trippier could be set for a return to the Premier League, with Manchester United keen on snapping up the former Spurs man.
The report claimed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly views Trippier as ‘a ready-made elite option’ to offer competition to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
However, Mundo Deportivo have now revealed that Atletico have turned down United’s opening bid of £10m for the 30-year-old, with the Spanish club said to view the amount as ‘clearly insufficient’ for their starting right-back.
The report explains that Diego Simeone’s side have made it clear that the Red Devils would have to activate the €40m release clause in Trippier’s contract to sign him.
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