Paper Talk: Man Utd plan surprise swoop for LaLiga star as competition for regular

Kieran Trippier, Pedri

Manchester United want to bring an Atletico Madrid star to Old Trafford to increase competition to a regular star, a Burnley defender is set to extend his stay, while Chelsea have been given first refusal on a classy Juventus man, according to Monday’s transfer gossip.


Kieran Trippier is being chased by Manchester United as they look to strengthen at right-back in January.

That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, who claims Trippier is near the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer wish-list. The broadsheet claims United want Trippier to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Wan-Bissaka has featured 15 times this season and has impressed.

However, Solskjaer sees the 30-year-old as the perfect player to bring into his squad. The fact that Trippier has also covered at left-back for England makes him extra appealing.

The United manager has no concerns over Wan-Bissaka. However, the Telegraph report he wants Trippier brought in as a more attacking alternative.

Trippier quit Tottenham for Atletico Madrid in summer 2019 for £20m. He has impressed for Diego Simeone’s side, who sit top of LaLiga, and have two matches in hand.

However, he has just 18 months left on his deal and United believe he could be lured away for the right price.

Quite what that price would be remains to be seen.

United though are being tipped to make their move in January and could even wait until the summer to land him.

The full-back has 25 caps for England. He’ll forever be remembered for his free-kick in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia.


Chelsea have first refusal on Paulo Dybala with his Juventus future very much up in the air. (Daily Mirror)

Mesut Ozil believes he will be able to get another top club – but is unlikely to leave before next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United plan to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract despite the midfielder’s inactivity this season. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal may move for Dominik Szoboszlai in January amid talk Real Madrid are set to make an approach. (Daily Express)

Wolves’ players wore Raul Jimenez tribute tops at Liverpool as boss Nuno Espirito Santo revealed the striker has returned home after his sickening head injury. (The Sun)


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s agent has slated Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s tactics following their defeat in the North London derby. (The Sun)

Bundesliga side Augsburg gave Granit Xhaka some stick after his lacklustre performance in the North London derby. (The Sun)

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham among suitors for former Tottenham talent

Filippo Giraldi has left his role as technical director at Watford, a position he held since 2016. (Daily Telegraph)

Dean Smith will remind Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley of their responsibilities after the Aston Villa pair appeared to break coronavirus social distancing rules on Saturday. (Daily Telegraph)

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Burnley full-back Charlie Taylor is close to agreeing a new deal at Turf Moor to extend his stay into a fifth season. (Daily Telegraph)

The EFL will remind its clubs and players of their coronavirus responsibilities after Norwich City’s Max Aarons hugged a supporter at Carrow Road. (Daily Telegraph)

Thomas Muller has admitted talk of a return to the international fold with Germany is a long way off despite his imperious club form in the Bundesliga. (Daily Mail)

PSG sporting director Leonardo has played down the prospect of the club signing Lionel Messi if he leaves Barcelona next year. (Daily Mail)

Under-fire Neil Lennon has admitted Celtic’s title hopes are hanging by a thread – along with his managerial reign. (Daily Record)