Manchester United are interested in signing a new right-back as we prepare to enter the summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be dissatisfied with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s attacking output and is keen to add genuine competition to his senior squad if he is to add another dimension to their game.
The England international is keen on a move back to England this summer despite guiding Atletico to an historic La Liga title, but he isn’t the only option open to Solskjaer this summer.
MEN Sport looks at five other players who could offer something different to Wan-Bissaka on the right side of defence.
While he might not be the cheapest option Norwich full-back Max Aarons could well prove to be the best long-term investment available this summer.
At the age of 21 he not only has Premier League experience but has played a key role in Norwich’s two Championship titles in the last three years, being named in the PFL and EFL team of the seasons on both occasions.
His versatility as a left-back would make the cost of signing him more understandable in the long run, but with his greater potential comes a much higher price-tag than the one touted for Trippier.
He’s more of a wing-back than a full-back, but that could be exactly what United need if they want someone to provide an attacking alternative to Wan-Bissaka.
Achraf Hakimi netted seven goals and notched 11 assists across all competitions as Inter Milan won Serie A, although most of these came playing in effectively a right midfield role.
The Morocco international might not be as well-rounded as other options on the list but could potentially be an option to fulfil needs for both a right-back and a new right wing option this summer. He could kill two birds with one stone, rather than arriving along with a star forward.
Solskjaer is open to wildcard signings and Lyon right-back Leo Dubois might well be the most attractive option this summer, given his stellar season in Ligue 1.
Dubois, 26, is in the France squad for the European Championship and could be keen for a transfer this summer given he won’t be playing in the Champions League next season.
Throughout the season Dubois established himself as a genuine attacking threat in the final third and he possesses a real crossing threat which is currently missing from United’s right flank.
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Given that a new right-back will be a supplementary addition this summer rather than an urgent necessity like centre-back, there is an argument to suggest money should be spent elsewhere with Diogo Dalot given one last chance to show his quality.
The Portuguese full-back has hardly convinced during his loan with AC Milan over the past season, but he still has the quality required to play against lesser teams when Wan-Bissaka needs a rest.
Dalot remains unconvincing in a defensive aspect but still offers a decent threat going forward. His return wouldn’t exactly blow supporters away, but it might be worth giving him one final chance in pre-season before committing to a new addition.
While we’re on the subject of potential money savers Ethan Laird certainly deserves recognition, particularly after his exciting loan spell with MK Dons in League One.
Laird, 19, is still probably not up to standard required to be in the senior set-up just yet but a season playing understudy to Wan-Bissaka could be crucial in unlocking his true potential further down the line.
As with Dalot, Laird would not necessarily be a player to battle Wan-Bissaka for the starting role, though he could make an effective impact by relieving the pressure on him against low block opposition or in cup competitions.