With the season over, the transfer talk will begin in full stride, even as the upcoming European Championships complicate the progress of certain potential transfers.
At Manchester United, the need for a rebuild is immense, not just to fill the gaps in the side but also to ensure that the team is one that can win major silverware, having finished second in the Premier League last season and losing the Europa League to a penalty shootout.
As such, Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be looking to add depth to his squad and pursue specialists. In that respect, the Red Devils may be eyeing a player for a position where they seemingly are well-stocked at.
According to Andy Mitten for The Athletic, amidst other reports, United may persuade Kieran Trippier to return to England. The Atletico Madrid right-back secured the La Liga title last campaign and will certainly be an important facet in Gareth Southgate’s side for the Euros.
However, this may come as a surprise to a certain section of United supporters according to whom Aaron Wan-Bissaka does little wrong. The Englishman’s penchant for tackling, in particular, makes him a valuable asset and last season he also showed glimpses of attacking flair.
Having said that, he clearly does not provide the kind of offensive edge that Shaw accomplishes on the opposite flank. In this regard, Mitten’s assertion that United are pursuing the 30-year-old Trippier in order to break down low blocks and the kind of space that is generally left open for Wan-Bissaka, makes great sense.
The Madrid star is believed to be valued upwards of £18 million but it may be a tall order to pry him away from Spain. Further still, United may do well in pursuing a younger alternative instead. The likes of Alex Telles and Brandon Williams do provide options but a specialist right-back could still do them heaps of good to provide both competition and variety for the spot.