Arsenal have reportedly made a bid for Kieran Trippier as they look to sign a Hector Bellerin replacement.
Hector Bellerin is expected to leave this summer, after wanting to leave last year but being convinced to stay one more season. There have also been reports that the club will offer him a new contract in order to protect his value should a move not come off.
Manchester United had been heavily linked with a move for Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier but the Daily Mail now report that Arsenal have stepped in after United drifted away.
United are said to have offered £20m for the former Tottenham man while Diego Simeone’s side want around £34m for the 30-year-old Englishman, who is only valued at around £18m. The English premium applies no matter where they play, it seems.
I honestly can’t imagine Arsenal shelling out £34m or anywhere close to that for Trippier.
Not only is it way outside their budget, it is not the profile of player the club is looking to recruit.
Mikel Arteta and Edu are clearly building for the future by buying young players, and while they will need experience within the side, spending £34m on player who turns 31 next month, to replace a 26-year-old, would seem a strange move.
There is no mention of how much Arsenal are supposed to have bid for Trippier.