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The situation of Eric Bailly at Old Trafford

The situation of Eric Bailly at Old Trafford

The out-of-form Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly, could soon depart Old Trafford, according to the various reports in England.


Brought by Jose Mourinho as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe’s top five leagues, Bailly has been impressive in his first year in the Premier League.

However, the numerous injury problems saw the Ivorian collecting barely 13 Premier League appearances last season.

The 24-year-old has been struggling for form this campaign, failing to impose himself to both Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Having registered just two Premier League starts, the former Espanyol man seems to be edging closer to the exit door.

The poor displays and some discipline issues have seen Bailly falling out of favor at Old Trafford. Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, and the recently recovered Marcos Rojo have all been preferred by the caretaker manager.

A red card Bailly picked up against Bournemouth has made the defender’s situation even more complicated as he now seems to have minimal chances of returning to the starting eleven.

The Red Devils are keen on luring the highly-rated Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly away from the Italian Serie A.

In case the 3-time Champions League winners strike a deal with the Partenopei, Bailly will find his first-team opportunities restricted to the minimum.
According to the various reports, AC Milan and Sevilla are both interested in landing the Ivory Coast international.

The Andalusians, in particular, would like to get their hands on Bailly as Pablo Machin expects to see his team securing the Champions League promotion this season.

Familiar with La Liga, a potential return to the Iberian Peninsula could be attractive to the Ivorian, who made a name for himself at Villarreal.

However, the Premier League giants are looking to retrieve at least a partial amount of £30m they invested to bring Bailly from the Yellow Submarine in 2016.

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