So there is now a rumour about Kieran Trippier attracting the interest of Real Madrid who may offer a pretty sizable amount of money for his signature.
That is only a rumour at best and it would probably take more developments – like a high-profile new full-back arriving – for the England international to be sold by Daniel Levy.
But come to think of it, Trippier is about to be 28 in less than two months, and it was around that same age that we let go of Kyle Walker for a solid profit.
Yes, Serge Aurier is worse than Trips right now but Mauricio Pochettino’s full-backs in the past have shown massive improvements after a preseason (Walker, Rose, Davies, and even Trippier) and in addition to that, Kyle Walker-Peters actually looks ready to be a second-choice full-back at least.
The problem is that Aurier isn’t good enough as the first-choice on the right at the moment and so we may be required to shop for a right-back regardless.
Personally, I would gladly sell Trippier for a £40m+ offer to any non-English club. Honestly, with that kind of money, we could turn around and invest in Benjamin Pavard, another solid centre-back or even go for Anthony Martial.
Just imagine getting Martial and Pavard – even if it’s at the cost of losing Toby and Trippier – I think that’s a net improvement and the two incoming players will be an upgrade for the squad overall.