Kieran Trippier has his own Peaky Blinders-loving fan club and will be a big loss to Atletico Madrid… but the England star has achieved his LaLiga goals and Diego Simeone will allow his Newcastle move – on TWO conditions
- Kieran Trippier could make his Premier League return in the January window
- The England right back’s move to Newcastle will be granted by Atletico Madrid
- But only if they get £15m and are able to sign a suitable replacement for him
- Trippier, 31, has performed well in Spain and helped Atletico to the LaLiga title
- Diego Simeone’s side look weaker without him but they need to cash in now
- The player himself has a cult following and was given a Peaky Blinders flag
Diego Simeone will sanction the January departure of Kieran Trippier to Newcastle, if Atletico Madrid receive £15million for the England international and the Spanish club can line up a replacement.
Simeone values Trippier highly and Atletico have stumbled both last season and this season when he has been unavailable.
But the club realise that if the England defender does not return to his home country next month he will be going back next summer and taking Newcastle’s money now represents a far better deal.
Diego Simeone (left) is willing to let Kieran Trippier (right) to move back to the Premier League and join Newcastle if Atletico Madrid get their £15m asking price and sign a replacement
Trippier has succeeded in his aims while in Spain, helping Atletico win the league last season
Trippier has more than proved his worth since he joined from Tottenham in 2019. Last year when he was ruled out by an FA ban for breaking rules on betting Atletico had their biggest mid-season wobble.
This season he has been sidelined by a dislocated shoulder and the team’s form has slipped again. Atletico have only won two of their last five league games since Trippier’s injury.
This bolsters Simeone’s case for demanding a ready-made replacement to help close the 13-point gap with runaway leaders Real Madrid. It’s also true that Atletico don’t have much in the way of replacements for Trippier.
Marcos Llorente and Sime Vrsaljko have deputised but Llorente is needed further forward and Vrsaljko has not wholly convinced his manager.
Newcastle’s hierarchy (pictured is chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan and part-owner Amanda Staveley, centre left and right) are targeting Trippier as part of their January reinforcements
Trippier did well for England during Euro 2020 and wants to get back to the Premier League
But if Atletico’s director of football Andrea Berta can bring in a new right back then Simone is ready to let Trippier leave six months ahead of the end of his contract.
Trippier had made his mind up about his future at the end of last season when he became the first Englishman to win a major league title overseas since David Beckham in 2007.
He was instrumental in Simeone’s side getting over the line ahead of Real Madrid on the last day of the season and his attention had already turned towards moving back to an English club.
His family have made sacrifices settling abroad with him and having got his career back on track, with silverware to boot, he was ready and prepared to bring them home.
Trippier has become a cult hero at Atletico Madrid and fans presented him with a Peaky Blinders-inspired flag during title celebrations last season
Trippier has been sidelined by a dislocated shoulder this season and Atletico have missed him
Atletico set his price too high in the summer however, and Manchester United ended up pulling out of a possible £21m deal.
Now the expectations have been lowered, although the fact that Newcastle and their newly acquired wealth are now the buying club could still make for protracted negotiations.
‘I know what I have come here to do and I’ve done it,’ Trippier told Sportsmail two months ago. ‘I would love to play in the Premier League again.’
He joked about the possibility of playing for former boss Sean Dyche, who he remains in regular contact with. Dyche followed Eddie Howe at Burnley and it was the latter who signed him permanently in 2012 after having him on loan from Manchester City the previous season.
Trippier has already begun making plans to take his coaching badges and that will be easier to do if he is playing out his final seasons in England.
Trippier keeps close tabs on Liverpool forward Sadio Mane during a Champions League game
He will leave behind a cult following in the Spanish capital if the deal can be closed.
During the raucous celebrations for what was only Atletico’s 11th league title last season, one fan gave him an England flag with his face on it above the words ‘By order of the Trippier Blinders’ and also including a picture of him in Peaky Blinders-style cap – and he has an unofficial fan club who are also fans of the British TV drama.
They have taken to the 31-year-old because of his performances on the pitch and his willingness to interact with them off it.
He’s integrated in Spain and his budding goalkeeper son even trains at the club. But his hero is Jordan Pickford so he’s unlikely to be disappointed to be going back to England either.
The signing of Trippier would be a big boost to Eddie Howe and Newcastle’s survival bid
Trippier is also desperate to play next year’s World Cup and he knows being established in a Premier League team, for all that England manager Gareth Southgate values the experience he has gained abroad, will be a plus.
Trippier’s decision it seems has already been made.
If Atletico find their replacement and Newcastle meet their demands then Trippier will have arrived, succeeded and departed all inside 18 months.
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