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Kieran Trippier is attracting late interest from Chelsea despite Newcastle United having already made a bid for the Atletico Madrid defender, according to a report.
Newcastle have made Trippier one of their top goals for the January transfer window. A move would be symbolic of their new era as they aim to attract higher profile players. Getting an English national team player from the reigning Spanish champions would be a coup.
Such a step also seems realistic. Despite being in a relegation battle, Newcastle would be a destination Trippier would consider. In fact, they could insert a relegation clause into his contract to help persuade him.
Right now, the ball is in Trippier’s court. Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has confirmed that the club will follow his wishes when deciding whether to accept Newcastle’s bid.
But it may not be the only one they receive because Northern echo reports a late switch from Chelsea to hijack the deal.
A recent report revealed as many as nine Premier League clubs showed interest in Trippier. Chelsea were not named at the time, but may well have been one of the anonymous sites not mentioned.
The report from Northern echo suggests that Atletico are still waiting to receive a better offer on Trippier. And it can come from Chelsea.
Per the source – and after similar claims from The Guardian – Thomas Tuchel has asked Chelsea to make a move for the 31-year-old.
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The Blues boss has growing concerns about the lack of depth in the full-backs. On the right side, Trippier’s English colleague Reece James will miss about two months due to a recent crack in the hind thigh.
Cesar Azpilicueta, who has mainly played in the top three instead of as a wing-back under Tuchel, is out of contract at the end of the season. There are fears that they too may lose their captain.
Therefore, Tuchel wants to rebuild the ranks and be able to consider Trippier. The former Burnley and Tottenham man has plenty of Premier League experience to help.
In addition, it appeals that Trippier can also play on the left side of the defense – where Chelsea are without Ben Chilwell due to an ACL injury.
It will therefore be up to Chelsea to put together a better offer than Newcastle for both Atletico and Trippier. In the case of the latter, the fact that they have Champions League football on offer can help.
Newcastle will hope the previous work they have done on a deal for Trippier can still give them the benefit. Furthermore, the Bury-born defender prefers to be in the north of England rather than London if he returns to his home country.
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