Man Utd receive unexpected transfer boost because of new Brexit rule
Manchester United could be a step closer to a new defensive signing this summer due to a Brexit rule which recently came into play.
Manchester United have been given a boost by an unlikely source in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid right-back Kieran Trippier – Brexit. With La Liga’s regulation surrounding British players recently expired, Atletico now have a serious decision to make regarding whether it is worth their while to keep hold of the England defender.
La Liga rules dictate that teams can only register three non-EU players in their squad.
British players were excluded from this rule for a buffer period, given the previous uncertainty which surrounded Brexit and its timescale.
As of the end of June, that period is now over, which means Spanish clubs must put serious thought into signing British players in the future, or indeed keeping them on in Trippier’s case.
At present, Diego Simeone’s side are all booked up with the likes of Renan Lodi, Felipe and Trippier himself.
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The side will be thankful that new signing, Rodrigo De Paul, has an Italian passport so he can slot in without worry.
However, they have Nehuen Perez and Santiago Arias waiting in the wings, both of which must leave the club, whether temporary or permanent, if Trippier stays at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Quite simply, this means that if the Englishman is to stay in the Spanish capital, it would cause their hierarchy something of a headache in finding a home for their surplus non-EU players.
Put in a different way, allowing Trippier to leave would, in some ways, do Atletico a favour.
This will undoubtedly be music to the ears of Manchester United who have been tailing the former Tottenham man this summer.
Rumours have ramped up even further as late, with an £18million move touted to follow the possible arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.
Trippier has been a resounding success since his move to Atletico in 2019, powering to the La Liga title last season before playing his part in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final.
As a result, Spanish outlet AS indicates that Simeone is desperate for him to stay in the Spanish capital for another campaign.
Regardless of the manager’s opinion, the board could put pressure on him if the right offer comes in from Old Trafford as the new EU-based rule poses its own problem.
Now into his thirties, a move back to his homeland will always be worth considering for Trippier who only came through the academy down the road at Manchester City.
Although Manchester had the strongest ‘remain’ vote in England’s north-west, Brexit could be set to deliver a top-class new right-back on United's doorstep, or at least play its part.