Kieran Trippier started and played the entire match in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win against Rayo Vallecano this afternoon. However, his actions after the game along with comments from Diego Simeone may give Newcastle fans some hope that a deal is close.
Many are speculating that Trippier waived his goodbyes to the Atletico faithful after today’s match. Here is a tweet from The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards on the subject. Edwards also suggests that Burnley defender James Tarkowski is itching to come to Newcastle.
I wouldn’t get Trippier printed on the back of any #nufc shirts just yet but this looks like a goodbye to me. As for Tarkowski, he’a not exactly playing his best games for Burnley at the moment. I’m told he also wants to come to #nufc but Burnley very reluctant to sell https://t.co/twgDQ9gMSq
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) January 2, 2022
After the match, Simeone seemed to signal defeat in his attempts at keeping Trippier beyond the January window. Here is what the Atletico manager said when asked about his star right-back:
“We have always had to live with these situations; important and very good players within the team who have possibilities of leaving.
“Then it will depend on what the footballer himself wants. Consequently, we will try to follow what is happening and look for solutions.
“He is an important player for our team and we coaches can’t do too much in terms of players’ decisions, we can only tell Trippier how important he is for the team.”
It seems that Atletico Madrid have not accepted Newcastle’s opening bid but are expecting an improved one that they may not be able to reject. As Simeone suggests, if Trippier wants to join Newcastle, it will be difficult to stand in his way.
Mark Douglas, now with inews, is reporting that Newcastle are hopeful of bringing Trippier in with enough time to integrate him for the ultra-critical Watford match in two weeks. He also reports that Newcastle are closing in on a second deal as well.
According to Douglas, Newcastle want as many as six players brought in this month. This has been suggested in other articles with two center-backs, two fullbacks, a midfielder, and a striker on the agenda.
As far as Tarkowski goes, he has not been at his best of late. He made an error in this afternoon’s 3-1 defeat at Leeds leading to Jack Harrison’s opening goal. It could indicate, as Edwards hints above, that he has his heart set on a move to Tyneside.