Manchester United fail in first push to buy Atlético Madrid’s Kieran Trippier

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Manchester United have had an opening bid to buy Kieran Trippier turned down by Atlético Madrid. La Liga’s champions want about €40m (£34.4m) to sell the England full-back.

Trippier has spent two seasons at Atlético since joining from Tottenham for £20m plus add-ons. He played every minute of every league game for which he was available to help the team to secure the title and was described in recent days by Gareth Southgate as a “defensive animal”.

The 30-year-old defender, usually a right-back, was used by England’s manager as a left-back in the opening Euro 2020 match against Croatia last Sunday. He was at Manchester City’s academy but never played a senior game for the club.

Trippier is one of several United targets. They have had a £67m offer for another England player, Jadon Sancho, rejected by Borussia Dortmund, who have set the forward’s price at £77.5m. The goalkeeper Tom Heaton has had a medical and is to sign a contract at United until 2023.