Manchester United are reportedly back in for Kieran Trippier, damaging any potential chances of an Arsenal-Atletico Madrid swap deal for Hector Bellerin.
The Athletic report that with Borussia Dortmund making a loan bid to sign Diogo Dalot from Manchester United, the Premier League club are reigniting talks over Kieran Trippier.
United have previously put the Trippier deal on hold due to Atletico Madrid’s demands for a £28m fee, whilst United were hoping to pay £10m. But dialogue is reportedly open again now.
AC Milan are also interested in Dalot, so United may be in the market for Trippier even if the Dortmund deal breaks down.
Football.London recently reported that Hector Bellerin wants to leave Arsenal, and a swap deal involving Trippier was a genuine prospect. That followed a story from The Athletic claiming a Bellerin-Trippier swap deal was a possibility, though not an advanced one.
We know Trippier wants to come back to England this summer, but Manchester United were his first choice, and if they’re now back in for him it does significantly hurt any Arsenal hopes of a deal.
The only good news is that if United meet Atletico’s asking price, Atletico would have the funds to make a serious bid for Bellerin. So Arsenal could still end up moving Bellerin on and signing a replacement. It just doesn’t look like Trippier will be that replacement.