Aston Villa are looking to bolster their defence with the ambitious signing of Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier, according to The Telegraph.
Dean Smith saw his side ship 67 goals in the Premier League during 2019/20 and it’s clear to see where he will try and strengthen ahead of next season.
Trippier headed to Madrid last summer, signing for £20 million from Tottenham (BBC), helping Los Rojiblancos to a third-place La Liga finish and the last eight of the Champions League.
The right-back made 33 appearances in Diego Simeone’s team last season and proved a solid addition for Atletico.
Trippier has two years left on his contract in the Spanish capital and Villa are hoping to tempt the La Liga outfit into a sale this summer.
Villa ensured survival on the final day of last season and Smith will be keen to ensure a smoother journey during 2020/21.
The 29-year-old is a man who knows all about the Premier League having spent time with both Burnley and Tottenham during his career.
He has 107 Premier League appearances to his name in the top-flight and Trippier has also played 19 times for the England national team.
The 2018 World Cup proved a good one for Trippier. He scored a free-kick in the semi-final against Croatia and was also ranked as the most creative player in the tournament – registering 24 attacking opportunities (Daily Mail).
Villa have Ahmed Elmohamady and Frederic Guilbert battling for the right-back berth in Smith’s team at the moment.
Both struggled for consistency last season and now the boss looks set to try and prise Trippier back to the Premier League from Atletico.
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Quality over quantity should be the order of the day as far as Villa are concerned this summer.
Following their promotion last summer, Smith spent over £100 million, signing a plethora of new players for his squad.
That strategy didn’t really work out with some of his recruits proving average at best.
Prioritising quality should be on the agenda and an ambitious attempt to sign Trippier looks savvy.
It’s unclear whether the England man is keen on a return to his homeland but he’d certainly represent a coup for the Villans.