Manchester United appear to be rekindling their interest in Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier amid bizarre links to Rangers captain James Tavernier earlier in the summer transfer market.

The Premier League heavyweights are on the hunt for fresh right-back talent as they continue to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming season.

Thus far the Red Devils have splashed a reported £73 million to take England international attacker Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford with another eye-catching deal for Real Madrid star Raphael Varane also in the pipeline.

Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team appears to have turned their attention to the 30-year-old England star Trippier amid reports of a possible £18 million deal [Daily Star].

The former Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur ace would be in direct competition with £50 million right-back Aaron Wan Bissaka in a vastly improved Red Devils squad next term.

It is an exciting time for United supporters but the Rangers support also have a vested interest in who the club sign in the position after links to Ibrox skipper Tavernier earlier in the summer.

The 29-year-old James is one of the most prolific defenders in European football and even wound up the Gers’ top scorer last campaign (19) and had a quite amazing assist record too (16).

So far in his Rangers career, Tavernier has 65 goals and 90 assists in a Gers jersey, meaning James has had 155 goal involvements in 289 matches from right-back.

These numbers were always going to draw the interest of someone south of the border and according to a report by a total of four Premier League outfits have him on their shortlists.

Amongst them include Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who apparently have James as an “alternative” to Kieran should a move for the England international fall through.

Considering those intensifying reports, this will come as great news to Rangers fans desperate to keep the player at Ibrox.

The other clubs mentioned in the report are the London giants Arsenal, Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion and newly promoted Norwich City.

Meantime, Rangers star James Maxwell is close to signing for Ayr United on loan for the rest of the campaign, according to a recent report, as the full-back plans to push himself closer to Steven Gerrard’s senior team.

The Herald claim that a deal to take the player to Ayr is done and, barring any last-minute problem at Ibrox, he will be unveiled by the Championship club next week.