Reports claim Atletico Madrid will move for Norwich City defender Max Aarons if Kieran Trippier leaves to join Manchester United.
Trippier, 30, ended a four-year spell with Tottenham when signing for the Spaniards in the summer of 2019. He had made 114 appearances for the north Londoners but seemed to lose his way and a move suited all. It appeared to be the right decision as the former Burnley man enjoyed 53 LaLiga starts across two campaigns in Spain.
And it was enough to win him a spot in England’s Euro 2020 squad. He impressed enough for Gareth Southgate to hand him a starting berth in the final.
That ultimately ended in disappointment and attention has now turned back to domestic matters. The Red Devils are targeting a move for Real Madrid stopper Raphael Varane.
And it is said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also wants the Bury-born ace in his rearguard. Should that happen, Atletico will need a replacement and have their eyes on the Canaries’ starlet, according to The Mail, per the Mirror.
But they are not the only ones, as Arsenal have been credited with an interest. Bayern Munich, Barcelona and United themselves have also been linked with a player destined for the top.
Aarons has blossomed with the East Anglians after progressing from the Norwich youth setup. He made his senior debut in 2018 and has already enjoyed 130 outings for the Norfolk club in three seasons.
And it has been a busy time for the youngstr, with two promotions and a relegation already on his CV. His one top-flight campaign ended in disappointment as Daniel Farke’s men finished bottom in 2019/2020.
But he is set for another shot at Premier League glory after they bounced back at the first time of asking.
Aarons and Norwich with plenty to ponder
Aarons was one of Norwich’s standout players during their last spell in England’s top division. The right-back played every minute of 36 league games while he started 45 second-tier games in 2020/2021.
The England Under-21 ace rarely seems to get injured – a rare trait in the modern game. And Everton recently joined his list of suitors which is both long and illustrious.
There is no doubt that Farke will want to keep him on board. The men in yellow and green face a huge task to keep themselves in the Premier League.
And the 44-year-old German knows he needs quality in the ranks to give them the best chance of achieving their aims. But money talks in football and a sizeable offer may be too tempting to resist.
There has been no talk of any bids but it is thought the full-back is valued at around the £30m mark.