It’s official. Kieran Trippier will be going back to England although this time he’ll be joining Newcastle United after the Magpies agreed an initial fee of $16.3 million plus add ons for his signing out of Atlético de Madrid.
The English right-back will become the first signing of Newcastle after becoming the world’s richest team when was acquired by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) by a sum of $361 million.
Trippier was looking to leave the Spanish side since the season started, when he requested his transfer to Manchester United side, but Diego Simeone convinced him to stay a little longer. Now, just as the winter transfer window is opening, Trippier decided it was time to leave.
According to reports, the 31-year-old is already in England, and he’s just waiting to pass the medical tests to be officially presented with the club, as he already agreed personal terms with the Magpies representatives.
Atlético de Madrid agreed on conversations with Newcastle in December, after it became evident Trippier was determined to leave the Colchoneros this winter, even though they wanted to keep him for the remainder of his contract.
They even tried to retain the center-back through an extension offer, but Kippier mind was set to leave Madrid and the Wanda Metropolitano.
His main reason was his family, as he had stated on previous interviews, saying they wanted to move back to England after two and a half years in Spain. And now their wishes will come true.
His numbers with Atlético de Madrid
Kieran Trippier joined “Cholo” Simeone’s squad during the summer transfer window of 2019, after Atlético de Madrid paid a $25 million fee to acquire his economic rights. Trippier signed a 4-year contract that tied him to los Colchoneros until June of 2023, after the 22/23 La Liga Season is over.
In the current season, the English half-back played 18 out of 28 possible games with the rojiblancos, 15 of them were in La Liga and the other three were in the Champions League. He was out during November as a result of a shoulder injury.
As is safe to say that he played his last minutes wearing the red and white colors of the Colchoneros, during his two-and-a-half-year stint with Atleti in La Liga, Trippier played a total of 86 games and managed to assist in 11 occasions, but he never was able to score a single goal.
A regular with the English National Team
He was part of the team that won La Liga last season after seven years of their last La Liga title. His performance during the 2020/2021 season earned him a call to Gareth Southgate’s English National Team that played the 2020 Euro, where they were runner-ups but lost against Italy in a game that was solved from the penalty area.
So far, he’s been a regular with Gareth Southgate’s squad, as he’s only missed 10 games since he first was called to the English National Team.
Newcastle is looking to add more players
Reports suggest that the Magpies are looking to add at least three more players, in hopes of avoiding relegation this season, as they stand second to last in the Premier League, with just 11 points, resulting from one win and eight draws in 19 games.
In recent days, Newcastle have also made an offer for Lille’s center-back Sven Botman for a permanent move to St. James Park, but the French team turned down the $39.5 million offer.
The English team is really interested in acquiring the 21-year-old Dutch player during the current season, so they’ll bid harder for his services, and although the French wants to keep him, it’s not clear if Lille will be able to if the offer is good enough, as their financial situation is difficult.