Transfer season always brings about some bizarre speculation and rumours, yet perhaps the most ridiculous of all this summer involves Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier.
The England international was one of the Three Lions’ best performers in Russia at the World Cup and caught the eye, particularly with his impressive free-kick goal in the semi-final against Croatia.
Now The Sun report that he is subject to interest from Real Madrid who are pondering a £50 million move.
However, they could not be further than the truth. Julen Lopetegui’s squad was already strong at right-back having Spain international duo Dani Carvajal and Nacho, both of whom featured at the World Cup and they’ve since added £31 million signing Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad.
That signing of Spain’s third choice full-back led to the decision to loan youngster Achraf Hakimi to Borussia Dortmund for two years as Lopetegui was unconvinced that he would get regular game time which he needs at this stage in his career.
With the club also desperately seeking to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with a marquee signing, which won’t come cheap, it seems ludicrous to suggest that they would contemplate spending £50 million on a fifth right-back.
The Sun justify their claims with a bizarre suggestion, purely based on the fact that Trippier shares an agent with the same company that include Jonathan Barnett, Gareth Bale’s agent. That being the man who has frequently spoken out to demand more game time for his client and hardly endeared himself to the powers that be at the Bernabeu.
“Trippier, though, is represented by the Stellar Group — the firm headed by Jonathan Barnett, which negotiated Gareth Bale’s then world-record £86m transfer to the Bernabeu from Tottenham back in 2013.”
The Sun’s explanation of the rumour.
On reflection, it is clear that there is no substance to such a suggestion and seems likely that Tottenham fans have very little to worry about.