The Red Devils are looking to invest significantly this summer to close the gap to Premier League champions Manchester City and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is particularly keen to sign a new right winger and centre-back.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Villarreal’s Pau Torres are United’s top targets in those positions, but the club are also looking for competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
According to The Athletic, negotiations with Atletico regarding former Spurs defender Trippier have already begun in earnest and all parties are hopeful a deal can be wrapped up quickly.
While United’s £80million move for Sancho will be a long and complicated process, the deal for Trippier is believed to be relatively straightforward and the England international could cost as little as £10m – a bargain in today’s market.
Formerly on the books of rivals Manchester City as a schoolboy, the 30-year-old grew up as a United fan and would jump at the chance to pull on a Red Devils jersey.
United actually tried to sign Tripper in the January window just gone but pulled the plug on a deal when he was handed a 10-week ban by the FA for betting offences relating to his transfer to Atletico.
Trippier is one of the most creative full-backs in European football, registering six assists in 28 league games last season, and was also named in the Liga Team of the Season.
Wan-Bissaka, by contrast, has frequently been criticised for his lack of end product and Solskjaer is keen to add a more attack-orientated right-back to the squad as cover and competition, with title-winner Trippier ticking all the boxes.