Man United look set to stick with returning loanee as key summer target likely to be out of reach

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Man United fans will look back at this transfer window and be pretty satisfied with how things worked out, but there may be a feeling that upgrades were needed in the centre of the park and in the right-back spot.

Aaron-Wan-Bissaka is the undisputed starter and he’s been consistent and durable over the past couple of years, but he’s not strong in the attacking phase of the game so an alternative would strengthen the squad for games when they need to break down a stubborn defence.

There’s been plenty of talk about Kieran Trippier coming in from Atletico Madrid but nothing has ever felt close, while multiple updates in the last couple of days do suggest that any hope of a deal is dead.

Firstly, Fabrizio Romano did seem to confirm that Trippier wouldn’t be on the move and Diogo Dalot would be staying as a result:

There’s also a basic rule when selling a key player that ensures you keep some kind of cover in case they do leave and you can’t find a replacement, so any remaining hope of something happening with Trippier appears to have vanished with the news that fellow right-back Santiago Arias is set to leave:

Most fans will have accepted that the England international was unlikely to move late in the window, but this all but confirms it.

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