Has Newcastle’s swoop for Kieran Trippier hit a hitch?
The latest actions of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone suggest that Newcastle United’s swoop for Kieran Trippier may not be quite as close to completion as previously thought.
Atleti star eyed
Recent days, of course, have seen chatter surrounding the future of English international Trippier kick up a notch.
This comes with the right-back widely understood to be inching towards a Premier League return, on the back of prior spells with the likes of Burnley and Tottenham.
His predicted landing spot? Newcastle United.
After opting to buy long-time owner Mike Ashley out of his share of the club late last year, the new Saudi-based conglomerate at St. James’ Park, over the coming weeks, will finally be afforded the opportunity to flex their financial muscle on the transfer front.
Deals, in turn, are expected for a whole host of high-profile stars from across the continent, with Trippier, as things stand, looking closest to completion:
#NUFC in advanced talks with Atletico Madrid for Kieran Trippier, with a bid submitted yesterday, as reported elsewhere.
Shows early intention for what is a very important window.
Still, fee is not agreed yet.
Via @TheAthleticUK news & @David_Ornstein:https://t.co/L0ROURju9n
— Chris Waugh (@ChrisDHWaugh) January 1, 2022
As alluded to above, though, if the latest update stemming from the Spanish capital on Sunday evening is anything to go by, then perhaps Trippier’s Tyneside switch isn’t quite as sure a thing as previously thought.
Atleti, as things stand, are locked in La Liga action, in a meeting with Rayo Vallecano.
The Rojiblancos currently lead by a goal to nil, owing to Angel Correa’s strike just inside the half-hour mark.
Perhaps most noteworthy of all when it comes to the efforts of Diego Simeone’s men this afternoon, though, is the fact that they have come with Trippier continuing to play a central role.
Despite the rampant speculation surrounding his name, the Englishman was afforded a start against Vallecano, hinting that, for the time being at least, boss Simeone remains very much dependent on his talents.
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— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 2, 2022
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