Manchester United are making slow progress in pursuing defender Kieran Trippier.

The Guardian report United was beaten back by Atletico Madrid with an official approach to the right-back.

There is still plenty of time to close a deal. But United’s early efforts to move fast in the transfer market are hitting the buffers so far.

While the move hasn’t progressed as United would like, a lot has been said about Trippier this week. Here are three things you need to know …

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Nobody knows how much it will cost

In all of the transfer reports, nobody seems to know how much Trippier will actually cost. That includes Manchester United.

Atletico want £ 34.4m (€ 40m) for Trippier, according to the Guardian report. But that number is actually the defender’s release clause.

Mundo Deportivo report that United have only offered £ 10m. These numbers are very different and the two clubs may have to meet in the middle.

For a 31-year-old defender, £ 34.4million is by no means good business. At around £ 20 million, the investment becomes more profitable. The Times reports that Atletico’s asking price is “over £ 20 million”.

Different numbers are being thrown around and with a whole summer of negotiations both parties start in extreme positions.

Atletico’s position is determined by two factors. First, Trippi is pushing for a train. Second, Atletico will respond to how they think United is behaving. If the Red Devils’ offers are viewed as being too low, they could get stubborn and less likely to meet in the middle.

Solskjaer originally had no plans to sign him

The Times reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had no plans to sign another right-back. However, he is intrigued by the possibility of signing Trippier.

The United manager learned of Trippier’s desire to join the club he supported. He is said to see the flank and defensive positioning of Trippier as superior to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka is a long-time United right-back, but he can also learn a lot from Trippier. We’ve identified five reasons why Trippier would be a match for United earlier this month.

Solskjaer is only supposed to pull Trippier ashore if a deal is offered at reasonable prices. That means getting him for less than the £ 34 million Atletico is asking for.

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Gareth Southgate has praised his improvement

England coach Gareth Southgate has praised Trippier after playing left-back for England against Croatia.

Southgate said Trippier was a different player from the one who left Tottenham in 2019 thanks to the influence of ultra-defensive Atletico boss Diego Simeone. He played a key role in winning the La Liga title last season.

The English coach told the Standard: “I think people are still seeing the boy who was with Spurs a few years ago rather than the defensive beast that grew at Atletico Madrid and who is one of the best and most successful coaches in the world familiar.” .

“He covers his distances, he’s a good one-on-one at stopping crosses, and he speaks really well.”

Trippier’s ability to play as a left back is an added strength of his bow, although United are well covered in that position. His ability to play as a full-back could allow a formation change.

The performances Trippier delivers during the European Championship could have an impact on its price. Atletico are less likely to sell cheap if they have a strong tournament and help England go a long way.

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