Kieran Trippier’s agent in ‘advanced talks’ with Man Utd ahead of January window

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign former Tottenham full-back Kieran Trippier after reports emerged claiming the club are locked in advanced talks with his agent.

After his starring role in their title-winning campaign last year, Atletico Madrid deemed that Trippier was unsellable when United swooped for the England ace in the summer.

But a change in system for the La Liga champions this year means their stance on a potential exit for the 31-year-old has softened.

And it has since emerged that United are laying the groundwork to wrap up a deal in the New Year, having cooled their interest over the summer.

According to journalist Nicolo Schira, United are locked in advanced negotiations with Trippier's agent to try and finally get a deal over the line.

Atletico's reported £30million price tag in the summer transfer window put United off wrapping up a deal for Trippier.

But with the former Spurs man's deal set to expire next summer, there seems to be scope for a cut-price compromise in January.

Despite being quoted an inflated fee, it has been claimed that Trippier has remained United's primary target as they bid to bolster their defence.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has come under fire in recent weeks for his performances in the thrashing against Liverpool and the derby day defeat to Manchester City just before the international break.

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The £50m former Crystal Palace man has looked a long way off his best form this year, leading to calls for him to be dropped from the team.

It now looks as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's patience with the 23-year-old has finally worn thin.

Bringing in Trippier as competition for that right-back slot is a no-brainer, especially with Trippier's attacking prowess. He has already proved with England that he can thrive in the 3-4-2-1 set-up, the same formation Solskjaer has turned to in recent weeks.

Trippier has recently been ruled out of action for the rest of the year after suffering a shoulder injury during Atletico's recent 3-3 draw with Valencia.

He is now not expected to play until 2022, meaning he could have already played his last game in La Liga if a transfer to United in January can be agreed.

A move would see Trippier return to the Premier League almost two-and-a-half years after he traded north London for the Spanish capital.

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