Diego Simeone hints Kieran Trippier could be leaving

Atleti play tomorrow against Rayo Vallecano, so it's going to be interesting to see if Kieran Tripper is involved, it's a big game for Simeone as they've dropped to 5th, with Vallecano ahead of them. They're on an awful run of losing their last four La Liga games. Atleti have been playing three at the back with Trippier advanced over to right midfield, that's where he's predominantly played this season, occasionally at right back. He's made 17 appearances in total this season, with no assists or goals.

Trippier is 31, has 18 months left on his deal. The fee being thrown about is rumoured to be around £30m, which is high for someone his age - Spurs sold him for £20m. However you're getting someone with experience, he's played in the Euros final, only to lose on penalties & won La Liga last season, Trippier was also named in team of the season, reached a Champions League final with Spurs & picked up 35 caps for England. He can also fill in over at left-back, like he did for England at the Euros. His attributes are being a set-piece taker, a great crosser of the ball, he can get up & down the wing, he's rarely out of position or makes mistakes.

Howe has worked with Trippier at Burnley together, yes he won't want to be relegated if Newcastle do go down, so I'd presume a relegation clause coming in. Simeone has actually said & quoted: "Trippier now has to decide if he wants to leave or not. We’ll move after his decision."

Now when you compare that to Manquillo, Krafth & Murphy, it's a massive upgrade because these guys are prone to errors. Trippier does play higher up the pitch than Manquillo but Trippier has almost five times the amount of more crosses than Manquillo on & double the amount of passes despite playing less minutes.

Is it a good purchase, if it happens? Damn right it is.