Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are serious about signing Kieran Trippier, but the right-back prefers Manchester United, according to Eurosport.
What’s the story?
Eurosport are reporting today (11am) that Arsenal are ‘serious’ about bringing former Tottenham Hotspur right-back Trippier to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Atletico Madrid want £34 million for the 30-year-old right-back.
Arsenal are not willing to pay it, but the Gunners are ‘looking into ways to structure a bid in hope Atleti agree to negotiate’, according to the report.
However, according to the report, some sources believes that the Gunners ‘might be wasting their time’ as Trippier wants to move to United if he is to leave the La Liga champions this summer.
Could an Arsenal transfer happen?
It does appear unlikely that Arsenal will be able to sign Trippier this summer.
First of all, the Englishman – described as “tenacious” by former Manchester United star Gary Neville in The Times in July 2018 – is a former Tottenham player who left Spurs only in 2019.
The right-back will know that a move to Arsenal this summer will damage the relationship he has with the Tottenham fans.
United are challenging for the Premier League title this season and will also aim to win the Champions League.
Arsenal will not even play in the Europa League and are unlikely to even compete for the Champions League places.
Atletico won the La Liga title last season and regularly play in the Champions League.
Moreover, according to The Times, Trippier grew up supporting United.