Man Utd: Solskjaer urges team to use Europa pain to rebuild
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Manchester United’s low transfer bid for Kieran Trippier reportedly angered Atletico Madrid. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the England international, seeing him as the perfect backup for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The Red Devils saw Alex Telles spark Luke Shaw into life upon arriving from Porto a year ago and are keen to repeat the trick.
Manchester United want a new right-back.
Though Wan-Bissaka has done well at Old Trafford since joining from Crystal Palace two years ago, Solskjaer knows more is required if his side are to close the gap on Manchester City and win the Premier League title.
Norwich City defender Max Aarons had previously been linked but, in recent weeks, speculation linking Trippier with a move to the club has started to arise.
United have supposedly made a second bid for the Atletico Madrid star, one Diego Simeone is close to accepting.
But Mundo Deportivo claim their first offer, which was in the region of £10million, angered the La Liga winners.
It’s said that Atletico thought the offer was ‘ridiculous’, especially given the 30-year-old’s importance to Simeone’s side.
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And it’s claimed that United’s proposal was ‘received almost with contempt’ by the Spanish champions, who beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to win the country’s biggest prized last season.
Atletico are said to be calm over Trippier’s future.
While the former Burnley and Tottenham star has a release clause of £35m, they’re willing to accept a fee closer to £30m instead.
And while that’s relatively low, only the likes of fellow defenders Harry Maguire, Rio Ferdinand, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof have gone for more throughout the club’s history.
Trippier isn’t the only player United are tracking with the summer transfer window now open.
Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is their priority target, with Solskjaer trying to sign the England international twice in the past.
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A move for Cristiano Ronaldo has also been mooted, with the Juventus star coy on his future amid claims the Old Lady are looking to get him off the wage bill.
Raphael Varane is another target, with Ed Woodward previously indicating to friends in 2018 that he was willing to pay £100m to bring the World Cup winner to the club.
And, in midfield, Declan Rice and Jack Grealish are being tracked having sparkled at West Ham and Aston Villa last term.
Regarding Trippier, United legend Ferdinand feels the Atletico star isn’t the right target for Solskjaer’s side – admitting he wouldn’t be his preferred choice.
“I don’t think they’d buy someone to come in and play [every week], I think whoever’s coming in there is going to be playing back-up,” he told the Metro.
“They spent £50 million on Wan-Bissaka, not to be a backup or number two.
“He [Trippier] wouldn’t be my choice if I’m honest, but I see the qualities he has.
“But Trippier definitely wouldn’t be my choice in terms of the profile of player that I’d be bringing in to play as a number two right-back.”
United co-owner Joel Glazer has made it clear he’ll back Solskjaer on the transfer front, insisting they can compete with Europe’s elite for the best players in the world.
“We think that Manchester United is a very well run club, and we think clubs throughout football could take a look at us, and there’s a lot of good to be seen when it comes to some of these things that are controversial,” Glazer said.
“We’re able to spend with the top clubs throughout Europe, whether it’s wages or transfer fees, we’ve been able to keep our ticket prices low, we’ve not increased them in over 10 years.
“We’re able to pay a dividend but it’s a modest proportion of our five to six hundred million pounds of revenue; it’s less than three per cent of that.
“We have debt, but a lot of other clubs do have debt as well. We pay a very low interest rate, mostly fixed interest debt.
“So, if interest rates went up it would not affect us, but we had made progress in reducing our debt over the last several years.
“The net debt was meaningfully reduced a couple years ago.”
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