Kieran Trippier has let slip to England colleagues that he is keen to join Manchester United this summer.
The 30-year-old right-back won La Liga with Atletico Madrid last season but has told pals in the Three Lions set-up that he is open to a move to Old Trafford.
United want Trippier to provide competition for Aaron Wan Bissaka, and believe a fee of between £15million and £20m should be enough to convince Atletico to do business.
The Spanish champions are keen to keep hold of Trippier, whose appearances for the club in the title-winning campaign triggered a one-year contract extension which binds him to the club until 2023.
However, such has been the impact on football finances across Europe that United hope there is a deal to be done.
Trippier spent his youth in Manchester City ’s academy but left the club for Burnley, after a successful loan spell, without having made a first-team appearance.
Spurs signed the right-back, who had also enjoyed a successful loan spell at Barnsley in his City days, in 2015 and he was part of Mauricio Pochettino’s team which reached the Champions League final in 2019.
He left that summer for Atletico and was a big part of their success last season.
But now United have come calling there is an opportunity for him to try to add a major English honour to the La Liga winners’ medal now in his possession.
How many players do Man Utd need to sign in the summer window? Comment below
The move for Trippier comes after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear to Old Trafford chiefs that in order to truly compete for the Premier League title.
Under the Norwegian, the Red Devils finished as best of the rest in the Premier League, but still ended the campaign 12 points champions Manchester City.
And in an interview with Norwegian news outlet TV2, Solskjaer has warned that they cannot sit back during the upcoming window.
“We are second best, but too far behind to threaten those who won. Then we have to strengthen ourselves,” he explained.
“Of course, something will happen in the transfer window,” Solskjaer continued. “The world has become very different than 15-16 months ago, but we have to make some moves on the transfer window, but also with the team.
“It is never possible to sit back. You are constantly looking for reinforcements.
“Football is dynamic, so unexpected things can happen such as injuries, illness, something familiar or that someone wants to move.
“You have to take everything possible into consideration and reflection. I will never sit down and think that ‘now the team is the way I want it to be’, because you always see some other players or other teams doing something you want.”