Atletico Madrid are set to rival Napoli for the signature of Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier, according to reports in Italy.

Napoli have been heavily linked with a move for Trippier in recent weeks, with manager Carlo Ancelotti admitting the right-back is among the players being tracked by the Serie A club.

Earlier this week, we relayed reports suggesting Trippier has already agreed personal terms with Napoli, meaning all that is left is for a transfer fee to be agreed with Spurs.

However, Italian outlet Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli (via Football Italia) claims Atletico Madrid are set to make a big offer for Trippier in order to beat Napoli to the England international.

The news comes as something as a surprise given Atletico boss Diego Simeone likes his defenders to… defend, something Trippier has struggled with this season.

The 28-year-old has endured a difficult club campaign since returning from last summer’s World Cup in Russia, where he impressed for England and scored a stunning free-kick in the semi-final defeat to Croatia.

For now, we’re filing this one one under speculation.



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