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Man United ‘in negotiation to sign 30-years old defender’ this summer

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Manchester United are in negotiations to sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, according to a very reliable source, The Athletic.

United reportedly want the right-back as cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but the deal seems a curious one for several reasons, including the mooted fee.

Nonetheless, according to The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell, Director of football negotiations Matt Judge is ‘in dialogue over’ the England man.

‘Talks with Atletico Madrid have commenced, with Solskjaer viewing the 30-year-old England international as a ready-made elite option to challenge Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

‘It is known that Trippier would like to return to the north west … and sources report he has been looking at houses in the Manchester area.’

Trippier is valued at £17 million by Transfermarkt.com, but according to Whitwell, ‘a £10 million fee has been discussed within the industry, although this seems low for a player of his pedigree.’

That is putting it mildly: with two years left on his contract, and the newly-crowned Spanish champions flying high at the moment, there seems little in this deal for his current side.

‘Some believe Atletico could be open to a sale to smooth cash flow,’ says Whitwell, but they would nonetheless surely push for something closer to his market value.

Another curious aspect is the player’s motivation.

It is natural that he might want to return to the North West, and the salary on offer at United would no doubt be considerably more than the repored £82,000 per week he earns at the Wanda Metropolitano.

But why would the regular starting right back of the Spanish champions want to be a backup player at the age of 30?

Whitwell also claims that ‘United got as far as advanced talks over Trippier last winter before the FA’s 10-week ban for betting offences torpedoed a January switch.’

From the United end, if a deal can be done at that sort of price it would represent an excellent piece of business.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems particularly drawn to English players, having acquired Harry Maguire and Wan-Bissaka already and being reportedly close to a deal for Jadon Sancho.

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward

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Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea are all set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

Felix has endured a difficult start to the season for Atletico and is yet to score in five starts in the league.

Last season wasn’t much better for Felix, only managing 24 league starts.
With competition up top including French international Antoine Griezmann, Felix is often used as a rotation option under Diego Simeone.

Now, according to Fichajes, a move to the Premier League could be on the cards, with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal all interested in signing the striker.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea will need to find a long-term replacement for their current first-choice strikers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both reaching the latter stage of their careers for their respective clubs, so bringing a player with a similar age profile to Felix would be a smart move.

A move to Arsenal may not benefit Felix’s development as much, with Gabriel Jesus performing exceptionally well for the North London club and still only 25 years old.

 

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Manchester United transfer news RECAP plus fixture updates and Cody Gakpo latest

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Manchester United and fellow Premier League clubs are counting down the days until they can strike-up further business in the transfer market. Erik ten Hag welcomed six players to Old Trafford during his first window and they have all made their mark in the starting XI.

Tyrell Malacia, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez have all quickly become mainstays, while Antony broke a record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he scored on Sunday night. That 2-1 victory over Everton also saw former Real Madrid player Casemiro handed his first Premier League start for the club.

Martin Dubravka was the other recruit, signing on a season-long loan from Newcastle.

With one eye on January and future windows, meanwhile, United are understood to still have Frenkie de Jong on their radar, while elite clubs from across Europe will be queuing up for Jude Bellingham should he decided to leave Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the near transfer window.
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So good’: Reece James and Carney Chukwuemeka react to display from £135m star Chelsea reportedly want to sign

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Jude Bellingham shined yet again last night for Borussia Dortmund on the Champions League stage, which received some interesting reaction from a Chelsea perspective.

England star Bellingham, 19, scored in Dortmund’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla. It means the teenage midfielder has now scored in all four Champions League group stage matches so far this season

Afterwards, Bellingham posted on Instagram “more to do” following Dortmund’s midweek result in Europe.

There were some interesting replies in the comment section, especially from two current Chelsea stars.

“Another day at the office”, Reece James posted.

Carney Chukwuemeka added: “So, so good”.

Bellingham in Champions League

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Another Bellingham masterclass in the Champions League highlights why Chelsea, along with other elite teams, are linked with his signature.

German publication Bild report that Chelsea are now favourites to sign Bellingham ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid.

Bellingham plays alongside plenty of Chelsea stars on the international stage with England, so let’s hope they can put in a good word to try tempt him to the Bridge.

He’s an all – action central midfielder that offers so much both offensively and defensively.

 

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