Aston Villa transfer news: “Villa to pay ‘substantial wages’ to title-winning target
Journalist Luke Hatfield believes Aston Villa is unlikely to sign Kieran Trippier next month.
The Atletico Madrid right-back has been regularly linked with a return to the Premier League since joining the La Liga giants from Tottenham following their loss in the Champions League final in 2019.
What’s the latest news from Trippier?
According to The Sun, Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were interested in signing him over the summer months, before ending their pursuit of the 35-cap England international.
Despite these ties, Trippier continued to play regularly under Diego Simeone and recently started both Champions League games against Liverpool.
90min reported earlier this month that several Premier League teams are keen to sign the 31-year-old next month, with Villa firmly in the race.
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However, talk about SPORT revealed Newcastle are leading the race and are in the process of ‘closing’ a deal to sign Trippier.
Even before this news went public, Hatfield felt it was unlikely that Trippier would move to Villa Park.
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What did Hatfield say about Trippier?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s a player who is going to be getting pretty substantial salaries, not to say Villa can’t afford to pay them, they can.
“But do they really need to spend a lot of money to get him in and pay his salary for a player who isn’t going to start week after week.
“It’s fair to say he probably wouldn’t have given the quality of Matty Cash, so he’s the one I would be very surprised to see.”
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Does Aston Villa need Trippier?
Steven Gerrard will undoubtedly be looking to shape his squad in January, but given Matty Cash’s form this season, he’s unlikely to bring in another right-back.
According to WhoScored, Cash was Villa’s fourth best player this season, averaging 6.93. It also makes him the club’s best defender.
Trippier is obviously an established international and has made a World Cup semi-final, a European Championship final and won La Liga. But Gerrard will surely have other areas he wants to tackle in the window, which means a right-back is unlikely to be at the top of his wishlist.
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