‘House hunting’ begins as England star ‘expects’ Man Utd transfer

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‘House hunting’ begins as England star ‘expects’ Man Utd transfer

Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier has told his England team-mates that he thinks he will join Man Utd this summer, according to reports.

Trippier left Premier League side Tottenham in July 2019 to join Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid and was rewarded for his move this season as , thanks to Luis Suarez’s winning goal on the final day.

In making a certain number of appearances, he also guaranteed a one-year contract extension, which ties him to the club until 2023.



Trippier has been heavily linked with a return to England with Man Utd, who reportedly  despite Atletico valuing their right-back at closer to £35m.

Trippier divulged his interest in joining the Red Devils to some of his England teammates.

Not only has he talked to his England colleagues about a possible move, Football Insider now reckon he has told team-mates he ‘expects to sign’ for Man Utd this summer.

He is considered a ‘top target’ for the Red Devils as they look to provide Aaron Wan-Bissaka with some competition at right-back.

A source told Football Insider that ‘Trippier has let it be known to friends, including those in the England squad, that he is keen to return to the Premier League and is likely to end up at Old Trafford.’

It is understood that Trippier is so confident of a move to Man Utd that he has begun ‘house hunting’ in North West England.

Atletico Madrid will hold out for at least £30m for their right-back with the Premier League club ‘expected to return with an improved bid’ after the Spaniards rejected their £10m offer.

Trippier put in a great display as but Man Utd are still ‘unlikely to pay’ the asking price with the defender turning 31 soon.

Gareth Southgate surprised a few by playing Trippier at left-back on Sunday but he reckons the Atletico right-back is “underrated”.

The England boss said: “He is a very underrated player. People are still looking at the player from a few years ago and not at the one who is at Atletico Madrid and playing like a warrior in the last few seasons.

“He is a big part of what we’ve done over the last few years and he gave a really good performance.”

 

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Wright explains how Man Utd let down ‘joke player’

Ian Wright says Romelu Lukaku’s reputation in the Premier League as “joke player” was undeserved and thinks Man Utd let him down by playing him out of position.

The Belgium international spent two seasons at Old Trafford after completing a move to Man Utd in 2017 from Everton for an initial £75m.

Much was expected due to his high price tag and, despite scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances, his performances were heavily criticised at times.



Since leaving the Red Devils in 2019 for Inter Milan, Lukaku has bagged 64 goals in 95 matches and won a Serie A title, .

Jose Mourinho managed him during his spell at Man Utd and he commented recently that he was “still developing” during his time at Old Trafford.

“These two years at Inter Milan have given him the stature and the self-confidence that he didn’t have before,” Mourinho told the Times. “At Chelsea, he was still a kid. At Manchester United, he was still developing. At Inter he became the top man.

“He became loved – a big love from the supporters, love from teammates, great relations with the coach.

“He’s a big guy, physically so strong, but there is also a kid inside who needs that love, needs that support, needs to feel important.”

But Wright thinks Man Utd are to blame for not getting the best out of Lukaku with the Belgian being played too far forward.

“Me and Roy Keane were having a discussion about why Lukaku is now the player we’re seeing he is, and why he wasn’t that player at Man United,” Wright said on .

“The fact that he had to play up front 50 per cent of the time on his own, spaces he wanted to occupy [were filled] whether that’s by Rashford or Martial.

“If he drops deep like we saw him in the game on Saturday, where he got the ball and freight trained, he does that.

“At Man United he didn’t have that. He was the furthest forward, back to goal.

“That is not what Lukaku is about, Lukaku is roaming from wing to wing in that area between lines, where they’re pushing forward but have a couple of defenders back and he’s just loitering.

“He’s just loitering to the point that when you see him there…that’s danger.”

Wright added: “I said when Romelu Lukaku left here [the Premier League], he left here with people waving him away like, “You’re a joke player, see you later!’, that was the vibe and you look at him now and he looks terrifying.”

 

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