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July 18, 2019

Spurs unlikely to sign Trippier replacement

Tottenham are unlikely to sign a replacement for right-back Kieran Trippier, who is close to completing a £20million move to Atletico Madrid.

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With the rest of the squad departing for Singapore for the start of Spurs’ pre-season tour this afternoon, Trippier has travelled to the Spanish capital to sign for Atleti, ending his four-year stay in London.

The 28-year-old has been Spurs’ first choice right-back since the sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City two years ago, and he made 38 appearances in all competitions last season, including starting the Champions League Final defeat to Liverpool.

Spurs are also open to offers for Serge Aurier, their other senior right-back, but the Ivorian is expected to stay and compete for a starting place with Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth.

Walker-Peters, 22, has made just nine starts in the previous two seasons but Spurs turned down approaches from Crystal Palace and German club RB Leipzig this summer and boss Mauricio Pochettino wants him to challenge to be first-choice right-back this season.

Spurs admire Norwich’s Max Aarons but do not see value in the Canaries’ asking price of more than £20m for the 19-year-old and they are not planning, as it stands, to sign another right-back unless a suitable player becomes available later in the window.

Foyth was moved from centre-half to full-back by Pochettino towards the end of last season and is also expected to be given the chance to nail down Trippier’s spot. The young Argentine played right-back at the Copa America this summer, as his country reached the semi-final.

Aurier will not travel to the Far East, where Spurs face Juventus in Singapore on Sunday, after competing for the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, leaving Foyth and Walker-Peters as the only right-backs on the trip, which includes a match against Manchester United in Shanghai on July 25.

Danny Rose has been left at home with a view to sealing a move away from Spurs this summer, while Ben Davies misses out as he continues rehabilitation from hernia surgery.

Davinson Sanchez and Victor Wanyama have also remained in London after competing in the Copa America and AFCON, respectively, while Eric Dier has not travelled following a minor medical procedure.

Rose will be reintegrated into the squad if he cannot find a new club this summer but Spurs remain favourites to sign Fulham prodigy Ryan Sessegnon, who can play left-back. The deal is being delayed by the Cottagers’ desire for a Tottenham player in part-exchange for the teenager.

Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Marcus Edwards and Joshua Onomah have all remained in London with a view to leaving Spurs in the summer.

Youngsters Troy Parrott, Jamie Bowden, Harvey White, Alfie Whiteman, Japhet Tanganga, Jack Roles, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster have travelled.