Atletico Madrid ‘identify Arsenal target Max Aarons as number 1 priority to replace Kieran Trippier’

Atletico Madrid ‘identifies Arsenal target Max Aarons as number 1 priority to replace Kieran Trippier if he joins Manchester United’ in a blow to Mikel Arteta’s plans for a new-looking squad

  • Atlético Madrid reportedly targeting Max Aarons if Kieran Trippier leaves
  • Trippier is linked with a return to England with Manchester United
  • Aarons was previously targeted by Arsenal, who could now miss him

Atletico Madrid have reportedly made Norwich City right-back Max Aarons their number 1 target to replace Kieran Trippier if the English star joins Manchester United.

Aarons, 21, is highly regarded after earning his second promotion with the Canaries last season, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta eager to take a step.

But as Atletico prepare for Trippier’s departure after being heavily linked with United’s move to England, the Mirror report that the LaLiga champions have placed the Aarons at the top of their list of substitutes.

Trippier has been linked with Manchester United

Atletico Madrid reportedly have Max Aarons (left) as number 1 replacement for Kieran Trippier

The report indicates that Euro 2020 star Trippier is eager to return to his native country.

Sports post reported on Saturday that the Red Devils are very interested in the 30-year-old but could struggle to match Atleti’s valuation as they get closer to a deal to sign Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.

United have reportedly rejected one offer for Trippier, but are expected to return with another as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his defence.

Aarons has earned many admirers across Europe after three strong seasons as a starting right-back at Carrow Road, with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and United themselves previously associated with moves alongside the Gunners.

The right-back (center) is admired across Europe after starring in another Canary promotion

The right-back (center) is admired across Europe after starring in another Canary promotion

Atletico's interest could be a blow to Mikel Arteta, who has been linked with Aarons in the past

Atletico’s interest could be a blow to Mikel Arteta, who has been linked with Aarons in the past

Arteta is keen to overhaul his roster this season and a right-back could be an area for improvement at Inter Milan’s Hector Bellerin, leaving Cedric the only option.

Arsenal have already signed Nuno Tavares from Benfica and are expected to confirm £50million and £18million deals for Ben White and Albert Sambi Lokonga respectively in the coming weeks.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Trippier to provide current right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka with competition, while also considering playing both if he changes formation to play with three centre-backs.

Trippier was a trusted member of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad as they made a memorable run to the Euro 2020 final, appearing in five out of seven games.

Trippier is closely linked with Manchester United after starring for England at Euro 2020

Trippier is closely linked with Manchester United after starring for England at Euro 2020

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