Arsenal have reportedly made a bid for Atletico Madrid right back Kieran Trippier.
The 30-year-old, who was part of Diego Simeone’s LaLiga-winning side last season and previously played for the Gunners’ arch-rivals Tottenham, had been the subject of intense negotiations between Manchester United and Atleti.
However, The Sun have said that United having only offered £20million for the England international, a long way short of the Spanish side’s valuation of £34m.
Kieran Trippier won LaLiga last season and has been the subject of Manchester United interest
However, the Red Devils are said to have fallen £14million short of Atletico Madrid’s valuation
But now Arsenal have reportedly thrown their hat in the ring to sign the 30-year-old right back
The Gunners’ interest in Trippier is down to Hector Bellerin’s impending departure, with clubs in Spain as well as Inter Milan and Bayer Leverkusen interested in his signature.
Simeone is said to want Trippier to stay after the former Tottenham full back started 35 games in all competitions last season.
Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel have suffered injury setbacks heading into the new campaign.
Mikel Arteta would be looking to bring in the England international to replace Hector Bellerin
Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel won’t feature for Mikel Arteta in the early weeks of the campaign
Nketiah suffered bruising to his right ankle in last weekend’s friendly loss to Arsenal and will return to training in around a month, while Gabriel picked up a knee injury with Brazil’s Olympic squad and is currently being assessed.
Mikel Arteta’s men face north London rivals Tottenham in their final pre-season on Sunday to raise money for, and awareness of, mental health causes, with their opening Premier League taking place the following Friday against new boys Brentford.
Atletico’s last pre-season match comes against Feyenoord on Sunday before they begin their title defence with a visit to Celta Vigo seven days later.
Source: Daily Mail