It appears pretty clear that there are going to be player departures from Tottenham Hotspur in the transfer window this summer, and one of the players most closely linked with a move away from Spurs is Kieran Trippier. The Bury Beckham turns 29 in September, and with Mauricio Pochettino making noises about a squad overhaul this summer, Trips has been heavily linked with Napoli in Serie A.
However, Gazzeta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) is reporting that there could be a new suitor for Kieran. Apparently, Atletico Madrid are the first club to make a serious move for the right back, reportedly making a bid in the amount of “€25m + bonuses.”
Trips’ star has been on the decline from last summer’s World Cup heroics — he’s coming off of a season that even he called a disappointment, and the signs are pointing towards Pochettino offloading both him and Serge Aurier for an upgrade on the right side of the defense.
Being “Italian media linked” with a club doesn’t mean that it’s actually happening, or even that it’s accurate. Sport Witness says the story first originated on “Radio Kiss Kiss” in Italy, which from what I gather is the talkSPORT of Italian football. However, it does make sense — Atletico got 29 appearances last season out of 34-year old Juanfran, who has now left the club. Santi Arias is still around, as is 21-year old Carlos Isaac, but it seems possible that Trippier could be brought in as competition/rotation for Arias.
And frankly, we’re not going to know anything for at least another ten days, as Spurs are going radio silent on any transfers in or out until after the transfer window. There may have been a bid, but we won’t know anything until after Spurs lift that Champions League trophy on June 1
But is this plausible? Sure, I guess. There appears to be a lot of smoke in the air concerning Trippier, and with Spurs linked with some big money moves at the central midfield position it certainly seems possible that they’d be willing to move Trips on. Whether that’s to Italy, Spain, or England remains to be seen.