Kieran Trippier was a near ever-present for Atletico Madrid as they won La Liga last season, with his suspension due to contravening gambling regulations being his only period out of Diego Simeone’s team.

That’s why they weren’t keen to sell when Manchester United made attempts in the summer window, despite it being widely reported that the player was keen on a return to England.

It’s now Newcastle United being linked the most, and Mundo Deportivo today give the stance at Atletico. They say that with the Magpies ‘really interested’ in signing Trippier in January, the Spanish club will open up to a sale as long as their ‘non-negotiable’ condition is met.

They want to sign a replacement first, aware that even if Trippier hasn’t been as constant for Atletico this season, that the squad would need someone to replace him.

Should that happen, then the road is open for Newcastle United to have a real shot at the deal.

The 31-year-old has a contract with Atletico lasting until 2023, and Eddie Howe’s side would obviously have to beat what he currently earns, and probably provide a longer deal.

Then it would be down to sporting choice.