Tottenham Hotspur transfer news: Six possible replacements for Kieran Trippier, including Manchester United starlet

16 Jan

Tottenham Hotspur right-back Kieran Trippier looks set to be on the move after six months of speculation.

The England international has had plenty of suitor, despite a poor 2018/19 campaign on a personal level but is now set to join Atletico Madrid.

Trippier started in the Champions League final but had a poor season
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As the rest of the Spurs squad jet off to Singapore, the 28-year-old will remain in Europe to finalise his move away from north London.

Napoli had been interested with manager Carlo Ancelotti even commenting on the player himself.

Now, though, it seems he will venture to Spain to continue his career, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with a real conundrum at right-back.

It appears the Argentine doesn’t trust Serge Aurier as much as he should, especially given the £23million spent on him, while the lack of time given to starlet Kyle Walker-Peters has left other fans baffled.

So, if not those two, then who could replace Trippier? assesses the options.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)

Many Spurs fans wanted to see the Portugal ace in north London instead of Aurier but the club failed to land him as his previous club Porto played hardball over a deal.

A year later he’s signed for the Foxes and proving he would have been a fine acquisition for Pochettino.

He would now cost a lot more than the £22million they could have signed him for.

Pereira also has the ability to play as a right winger, as he has done this season, or as wing-back like he did with Nice.

Spurs may regret failing to sign Pereira.

Youcef Atal (Nice)

In his debut season with the club, Atal is proving incredibly impressive as a right wing-back.

He loves to dribble, which is certainly different to Trippier, who rarely beats a man, but his 8.1 per 90 means he can lose the ball high up the pitch, while he’s also not afraid of shooting.

Atal would be a risk given he’s only had one season in Europe so far and may prove a little too raw right now but Spurs should keep tabs on the talent.

A fractured collarbone at the Africa Cup of Nations could derail a deal, though.

Algerian international Atal is excelling in his debut season for Nice.
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Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina)

Able to play at both centre-back and right-back, the Serbian offers versatility for what seems like it would be a hefty fee.

Manchester United and Man City have been linked with moves for the player, who has spent much of the campaign as an imposing full-back.

He would solidify the Spurs defence but would probably result in a big decrease in attacking output.

Still just 21, Milenkovic has the potential to be coached up but whether he can add to his offensive game must be questioned.

Fiorentina’s poor end to the season could hasten an exit.

Will Fiorentina be willing to allow the Serb to leave?

Bouna Sarr (Marseille)

The 26-year-old was previously a right winger but is now settled as a right-back in Ligue 1.

Sarr has the defensive acumen required to, at the very least, come into Tottenham as a deputy, while his attacking abilities mark him out as a player who could do well in the Premier League.

Leicester City have been linked with the player, along with Napoli, so there would be the potential for Spurs to strike and sign him.

Sarr attempts to deny Neymar in Ligue 1.

Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)

With Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining the Red Devils, it is believed the Portuguese starlet has been told he can leave Old Trafford.

He still has four years left on his contract at the club so might cost a little more than Spurs may want to spend but he remains a highly-rated youngster.

Given Pochettino’s reputation as a full-back whisperer, he may be able to get the best out of him – unlike Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Diogo Dalot has four years left on his Manchester United contract
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Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur)

What if the replacement for Kieran Trippier is already in the ranks at Spurs?

Towards the end of the campaign the Argentine played in the role as Trippier was rotated and Serge Aurier was unfit.

Foyth’s excellence on the ball – he was once a no.10 in his youth career – make him an interesting, if awkward, right-back but he offers more technically than Trippier ever did when it comes to beating a player with the ball on the deck. His crossing, though, isn’t as good but he still has time to learn.

Foyth also ended up at full-back during Argentina’s Copa America run, adding to his experience at the top level of the game, and earned social media acclaim for embarrassing Philippe Coutinho.

If he takes up the role then Kyle Walker-Peters’ future will also be called into question.

Foyth has his shaky moments but overall has the potential to be a superstar.
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