Arsenal have reportedly been told of the two stars that could feature in a swap deal for Kieran Trippier after reigniting their interest in the defender.
The Gunners are once more looking at Trippier following their poor start to the season. In fact, the pair of 2-0 losses they have suffered is their worst opening to a season ever. They have a few issues throughout their squad, but right-back is a particular problem.
Callum Chambers started there in the opening day defeat to Brentford. But he struggled and Mikel Arteta subsequently dropped him for the Chelsea game.
Replacing him was Cedric Soares, who has failed to impress much since his arrival from Southampton in January 2020.
Alternative right-backs Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles both want out, leaving Arteta with no convincing option.
But they also have an issue when looking at replacements. The Gunners have spent roughly £133m this summer. Their remaining budget certainly won’t stretch to Trippier’s £34m price tag.
Therefore, a swap deal is the only possibility. According to The Sun, Atletico would only be interested in taking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette.
The strike pair were previously reported to be potential targets for their LaLiga rivals Barcelona should they need a new forward.
However, Arteta has no replacement striker on the cards. As such, a deal would leave them comprised up top for the season.
Atletico’s cold approach is not helping the Spaniard’s woes. Despite looking to offload players, they are demanding his full release clause.
The two clubs fell out during the deal for Thomas Partey’s £45m move to the Emirates last year which doesn’t help the situation.
Trippier has started on the bench for Atletico’s first two games of the season. His late return to the club after the Euro 2020 final is a contributing factor, though.
Star’s Dad reveals Arsenal stance
Meanwhile, the father of Arsenal star Willian has effectively signed the death knell on the star’s career at Emirates Stadium with a strongly-worded admission over the player’s frustrations.
The 33-year-old has no future at the Emirates Stadium after being told he is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.
It emerged on Monday evening that Willian was closing on a return back to his homeland with Corinthians.
Speaking about the move, his father said: “He’s really not happy, otherwise he wouldn’t want to leave. He has proposals from Europe, but it’s no secret that we want him to end his career at Corinthians. Today, everything depends on Corinthians making the proposal and Arsenal releasing him.”