The England international played a key role in Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title triumph last season and the club remain adamant that he is not for sale this summer
Atletico Madrid continue to insist on the €60million release clause of Kieran Trippier following an enquiry from Arsenal.
Trippier impressed for England in this summer’s Euro 2020 having starred for Atleti in their La Liga title win last season – Diego Simeone’s side lifted the league title for the first time since 2014.
Rival interest has now emerged from Arsenal, who are looking to upgrade the right-back position amid reports that Hector Bellerin is intent on leaving the club this summer.
Atleti’s stance on Trippier has been clear all summer – that he is not for sale and the club are not willing to negotiate down on his release clause, as per Diario AS.
The Englishman is seen as a vital part of Simeone’s side with his role in the right wing-back position last year key to the club’s domestic success in La Liga.
He has actively been pursued by Man United this summer, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted him to challenge Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the right-back position – while Trippier could also slot in at left-back.
Despite the Spanish side’s stance, interest has been continued due to the player’s openness in returning to England two years after he left Tottenham to move to Spain.
His family are said to be keen for him to return to the Premier League and this had led to suggestions that the player may push for a move, which could have prompted Atleti to lower their price tag.
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Trippier did not start in his side’s opening La Liga game against Celta Vigo on Sunday with Marcos Llorente instead deployed in the wing-back role on the right side.
It is anticipated that the former Burnley player will be restored to the starting line-up of Los Rojiblancos going forwards and they still rate him as one of their most important players.
Trippier only returned from holiday on 2 August following his extended break after his exploits in Euro 2020, so is a little behind his teammates in pre-season fitness levels.
A technicality in his contract means that his deal will be extended through to the summer of 2023 if he plays a minimum of 20 matches this season, which avoiding injury is a formality.
Arsenal’s fragile defence was exposed in Friday night’s two-goal loss at Brentford and the right-back position has been identified as an area for upgrade.
Calum Chambers started the match in the position for Mikel Arteta’s side and was later replaced by Nuno Tavares, who is more at home on the left-side of defence.
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