Kieran Trippier’s transfer preference as Arsenal show interest in Man Utd target

Arsenal have re-joined the race to sign Atletico Madrid right-back and Manchester United target Kieran Trippier – but they could be left disappointed.

Trippier, 30, is reportedly keen on a return to the Premier League and has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during the transfer window.

The Gunners looked into the possibility of signing the England international earlier in the summer but were put off by the defender's release clause.

According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are now prepared to return to the negotiating table – despite Atletico's demand for Trippier's £51million release clause to be met.

It is understood the Gunners would like to sign a new right-back, although any move could be dependent on the future of Hector Bellerin.

Bellerin is out-of-favour at the Emirates and had been expected to leave this summer, although time is running out for a move to be completed.

Football.london reported last week that one potential solution could see the Spaniard join Atletico with Trippier moving in the other direction.

But that might prove difficult, with Trippier reportedly favouring a return to England with Manchester United, rather than Arsenal.

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Regardless of the defender's preference, a move to either club will prove difficult if Atletico do not lower their transfer demands.

Neither Arsenal nor United are likely to pay £51million for a player who has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract.

With Trippier failing to make the starting line-up for the Spanish's club opening two games of the new La Liga season, the Premier League pursuers will be hoping that Atletico are open to negotiation.

They will not be in the mood to do the Gunners any favours, however, after falling out over Thomas Partey's move last summer.

Speaking at his press conference before Sunday's defeat to Chelsea, Mikel Arteta hinted that Arsenal still had more business to complete.

"There’s still 11 days to go and there’s still things to be done," Arteta said.

"There are still players in the squad where it’s going to be difficult for them to find game time."

Arsenal haven't been shy of flashing the cash this summer, bringing in Nuno Tavares, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi-Lokonga, Ben White and Martin Odegaard for the combined price of £140million.

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