They were shocked when Atletico demanded the full £34million release clause within the former Tottenham defender’s contract.

But with less than a year still to run on his deal - and with Trippier failing to make Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for their opening two games - Arsenal hope that the Spanish champions will be open to negotiation.

Atletico are desperately trying to offload players as they count the cost of the Covid pandemic.