Arsenal have been alerted of Kieran Trippier’s desire to return to the Premier League, however, Atletico have demanded one of two key Arsenal players in exchange
Arsenal may have already spent £133million this summer, but they have reportedly now revived their interest in Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier.
Unfortunately for the Gunners, their enormous summer outlay means funds are quite tight.
Mikel Arteta’s side either need the La Liga champions to significantly slash the price on the England right-back or accept a cash plus player exchange.
It is believed the time eleven-time Spanish champions have demanded the Gunners to pay his full release clause of £34m.
This fee would likely be beyond Arsenal ’s current financial means, however, they believe the Spanish side will be willing to negotiate, as they are struggling with the financial effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
However, they are also still seething with Arsenal’s £45m signing of their former midfielder Thomas Partey; therefore, they will not be easy negotiators.
Only Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, or Alexandre Lacazette would suffice, if any player exchange was going to happen, according to The Sun.
The Gunners had reportedly floated the idea of offering want-away right-back Hector Bellerin for Trippier, but Diego Simeone’s side rejected their advances.
Bellerin has been itching for a move out of North London, and recently saw a transfer to Inter Milan collapse.
Arsenal are in a real catch-22 situation, as they desperately need another right-back, but they also do not have a replacement striker lined up if they were to offer either Aubameyang or Lacazette.
There were encouraging signs for Arsenal in their hunt for Trippier, with the former Spurs striker not being started in Atletico’s opening fixtures against Celta Vigo and Elche.
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Arsenal probably could have done with him in their opening fixtures.
The Gunners are currently 19th in the Premier League having suffered two consecutive 2-0 defeats against Brentford and Chelsea.
In both matches, their defence demonstrated weaknesses against stronger, physical opposition.
New £50m defender Ben White came under very heavy criticism after he was given a torrid time by Brentford striker Ivan Toney.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion defender did not play against Chelsea, having tested positive for Coronavirus before the bout at The Emirates Stadium.
Unfortunately for Arsenal their defence did not fare any better, as Thomas Tuchel’s side scored two quick first-half goals through Romelu Lukaku and Reece James.
Arsenal technical director Edu is also trying to raise some more funds by offloading some fringe players.
Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira is expected to complete a loan move to Fiorentina, while left-back Saed Kolasinac is on his way to Fenerbahce having mutually agreed to terminate his contract with Arsenal.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah could also be sacrificed to raise extra funds.
Maitland-Niles was sent out on loan to West Bromwich Albion last season, but the versatile midfielder struggled as The Baggies were relegated back to the Championship.
Nketiah on the other hand has found opportunities few and far between.
Crystal Palace have reportedly told The Gunners they are willing to pay £10m for the 22-year-old, but Arsenal are looking for around £20m to part with him.