Manchester United shift their focus on Kieran Trippier after wrapping up the transfer for Tom Heaton.
Negotiations regarding personal terms were concluded few weeks ago. The Englishman has now completed his medicals on Wednesday, reports Fabrizio Romano. Heaton is set to sign a deal that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2023 and will be United’s first signing of the season.
The veteran keeper will be returning to his boyhood club after departing a decade ago without making a single appearance for the senior team.
The former Burnley man will likely occupy the third-choice goalkeeper role as David De Gea and Dean Henderson look set to retain their places. Though it is still unclear who will become the first-choice keeper for good next season.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have already begun to work on their next recruit, having already made initial approaches. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side offered Trippier a return back to his homeland but Atletico were reportedly not happy with their initial proposal. If the Italian journalist is to be believed, the La Liga champions value the full-back at a figure around €40 million.
However, it is unclear whether the Mancunians will match that figure considering the former Tottenham Hotspur man will likely play a backup role to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was signed for a figure that was not far off. At the same time, Solskjaer does need competition at right-back as Wan-Bissaka is the only experienced option available in his position as of now.
Nevertheless, we can expect the English side to return with an improved bid or look for options elsewhere; right-back is an area to be prioritised in terms of depth.
For now, the arrival of a new shot-stopper has set into motion the departure of Lee Grant and Sergio Romero. But by the way things look right now, fans can certainly expect more signings.