Everton have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier but have their hearts set on another target.
The Toffees have been linked with many players in recent weeks as Carlo Ancelotti looks to revamp his squad this summer. Friday’s 1-0 triumph over Arsenal sees the Merseysiders in eighth spot in the Premier League standings. But, with a game in hand on their top-four rivals, they are still in the race for Champions League qualification.
With that in mind, the Italian tactician wants to bring in some quality additions in the off-season. And former Tottenham right-back Trippier’s name has been mentioned in connection with the Goodison Park outfit.
The 30-year-old penned a three-year deal when moving to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2019. However, it seems as though Los Rojiblancos are willing to let him go at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United were linked in January but opted not to make a move due to Trippier’s 10-week suspension. But the Daily Mail are suggesting that the man capped 26 times by England is in line for a Premier League return.
Everton remain an option but there will doubtless be other suitors for the Bury-born defender.
Trippier a back-up plan
Trippier is believed to be available this summer but Everton may well return to Norwich for a new full-back. After luring Ben Godfrey from Carrow Road last October, they have been tipped to return to East Anglia for Max Aarons.
The 21-year-old has started 43 of the Canaries’ 44 Championship games and played a huge part in their success. Daniel Farke’s side have already secured promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
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Whether or not Norwich would be willing to let him go is another matter. And they have already slapped a €30m price tag on the England Under-21 ace.
It was reported earlier this month that West Ham United were keen while Tottenham and Aston Villa have also been linked. But the fact Manchester United have also been credited with an interest may drive his price up even higher.
Aarons was said to ‘fancy’ a switch to Everton but there is a long way to go before he signs up. Ancelotti wants someone to provide competition for skipper Seamus Coleman.
But, with finances tight due to the pandemic, Norwich will want the maximum amount possible for their prized asset. That might see the Italian priced out of the market and attention turn to Trippier.