Solskjaer’s transfer plan in tatters, as specific January requirement emerges

Date published: Friday 8th January 2021 10:44 - Matthew Briggs

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s January plan to sign a right-back has been torn up after Kieran Trippier’s ban for infringing betting rules.

The Atletico Madrid defender was hit with the ban on December 23 after the Football Association found him guilty of four of seven alleged breaches of its betting regulations.

Trippier’s 10-week ban has been suspended by FIFA pending an appeal, the world governing body has announced.

But that has still put off Manchester United, according to The Atheltic.

Solskjaer is desperate to add an experienced right-back to his squad and 30-year-old Trippier was “top of United’s list”.

A deal was “discussed” for the former Spurs man before he was slapped with a ban just before Christmas.

Trippier has been flying in LaLiga and one of Diego Simeone’s mainstays this season. The England man has collected four assists and was wanted by United to add some experience to their backline.

The signing of Alex Telles has lifted Luke Shaw’s performances at left-back and Solskjaer wanted a similar reaction from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka has been a virtual ever-present in the Premier League at right-back and Solskjaer wants to get him some competition.

The report claims, very specifically, how United are hunting for a right-back aged 28-30.

However the ban, although under review, has curtailed United’s efforts with the report unsure whether they will restart negotiations if the appeal is successful.

It could well be one that United shelve until the summer and “United may reignite the pursuit then” with 12 months left of his contract in Spain.

United beaten to Kone

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Leeds United have been beaten to the signing of Kouadio Kone from Toulouse.

Borussia Monchengladbach are close to landing the 19-year-old, reports Italian football journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Leeds were believed to be keen on the player and retained their interest despite his price rising reportedly to €15million. His exit fee rose to that figure from €10million because AC Milan had opened initial negotiations.

More recently Manchester United have become ‘very interested’ in the Toulouse man.

Foot Mercato noted that the Red Devils had become contenders, adding that they were keeping a close watch on him.

Toulouse are believed to have accepted a bid of €9million, while personal terms are also understood to have been agreed.

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