Manchester United are making a big statement of intent this summer.

After years of mishaps in the transfer market, United are back to signing top talents with the world at their feet and world-class stars at the peak of their powers.

Jadon Sancho has finally been officially unveiled as a United player and an agreement for the signing of Raphael Varane has been reached with Real Madrid, with only a medical and paperwork left to complete.

They are two massive signings that show United really do mean business this season and that putting an end to their long wait for a trophy is the number one priority.

It has already been a successful summer, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not done and nor should he be as the signing of Kieran Trippier just got even more important.

The Manchester Evening News understands that United are interested in signing the full-back as attacking competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and reported at the start of June that he had made arrangements to permanently relocate to Manchester.

Trippier has enjoyed a two-year sojourn in Spain at Atletico Madrid in which he has become one of Diego Simeone's most important players, playing every game in which he was available for in last season's La Liga title triumph.

Yet it's understood that Trippier is now keen on a return to England and that he is optimistic of completing a transfer to Old Trafford.

While nowhere near as exciting or impactful as Sancho and Varane, Trippier still represents smart business for United on a number of fronts.

Trippier is already Premier League proven having enjoyed great success at Burnley and then Tottenham but, during his two years under the stewardship of Simeone, he has drastically improved the defensive side of his game.

England manager Gareth Southgate summed it up best ahead of Euro 2020: “What Kieran has, firstly, is hugely underestimated,” Southgate said.

“People are still seeing the lad that was at Spurs a couple of years ago and not the defensive animal that has grown at Atlético Madrid, trusted by one of the best and most successful coaches in the world."

His defensive development hasn't hindered the other qualities he possesses, either, namely his expert delivery from the flanks. Trippier has picked up 11 assists during his time in Spain and his crossing, either from open play or set pieces, is always a threat. His assist for Luke Shaw's opener in the Euro 2020 final is a great example.

Kieran Trippier celebrates with Diego Simeone

Trippier also bring a boatload of experience with him. He has worked extensively with two of the highest-rated managers in the game today - Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino - has played in European finals for club and country and now has a league title under his belt.

At 30, Trippier would come into the United squad as a much needed senior presence in a team brimming with talented but raw youngsters.

There are already so many reasons why the signing makes sense but now another one of his great qualities would make it even better: versatility.

Trippier is capable of playing a number of positions in defence and proved so brilliantly during the Three Lions' European Championship campaign, playing at right-back, right wing-back and, most importantly, left-back, during his five appearances in the tournament.

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The Bury-born defender's ability to slot in on the opposite side of the defence could be a crucial quality for Solskjaer following Alex Telles' injury.

The Brazilian was a surprise omission from the squad that faced QPR in a friendly on Saturday and it was revealed that he had suffered an ankle injury which has ruled him out until September and will see him miss the start of the season.

With first-choice Luke Shaw also unavailable as he enjoys an extended holiday, it shows United's lack of options in the position and a potential vulnerability they have. The same is true on the opposite flank, too. Should Aaron Wan-Bissaka suffer an injury then United would be without a senior right-back.

Youngster Brandon Williams took Telles place against QPR but there are plans for the 20-year-old to gather some crucial experience out on loan this season after being starved of opportunities last year.

The versatile Diogo Dalot enjoyed a successful loan spell at AC Milan lasts season and could be another option, but he has struggled to impress at United when given the chance.

With United's lack of quality depth in full-back positions, it's clear why the club want to sign Trippier so much. His signing may not grab as many headlines, but he would be another brilliant signing in United's dream summer.

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