Arsenal ‘are set to rival Manchester United for Kieran Trippier’, with Gunners ‘considering a swap deal using Hector Bellerin’ to sign former Spurs defender
Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Kieran Trippier this summer, in what would represent a crossing of the divide move to acquire the former Tottenham man.
Trippier has enjoyed a sublime debut season in LaLiga after winning the league title with Atletico Madrid and being named in the Team of the Season after a campaign of consistent performances.
In recent weeks Trippier has been increasingly linked with Manchester United, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bids to acquire competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Arsenal are said to have joined the race for Kieran Trippier and will use Hector Bellerin (right)
Atletico sporting director Andrea Berta is said to be a big admirer of former Barca man Bellerin
But now Arsenal have entered the equation, according to Marca in Spain, and are willing to add Hector Bellerin into any possible deal to get an agreement over the line.
It is noted that Bellerin, 26, is open to a move back to Spain, with his Arsenal career stalling in recent years due to persistent injury problems.
Atletico sporting director, Andrea Berta, is said to be a big admirer of former Barcelona man Bellerin and believes he can recapture his best form back in his home nation.
Marca report that Trippier is happy in the Spanish capital after a successful maiden season, but the 30-year-old lives alone in Madrid and his family remain in north west England.
Trippier is set to play a starring role for England at the upcoming European championships
A return to the Premier League before he reaches the twilight of his career is therefore not out of the question, and reports recently circulated saying Trippier had been looking to buy a property in Manchester.
Trippier’s start to life in Spain was stalled after he was handed a ten-week ban by FIFA for an alleged breach of betting regulations surrounding his move to Atletico from Spurs.
The Bury-born star soon came back into a purple patch of form however, with Trippier becoming a key member of the squad under boss Diego Simeone and playing a total of 68 games.
He has two years remaining on his current deal at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer is seeking competition for current right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka