Fresh enquiries made for out-of-favour Manchester United defender

Date published: Thursday 15th November 2018 4:27

Arsenal have made a fresh enquiry for unsettled Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly, according to The Daily Record.

The Ivorian is reportedly frustrated at his lack of playing time and is one of three United players who manager Jose Mourinho wants to move on in January. 

Bailly signed for the English giants in 2016, making a much-anticipated move from La Liga outfit Villarreal for a fee of around £35million.

However, the deal has failed to pay dividends. Bailly has appeared only five times in the Premier League this season, falling behind the likes of Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling in the pecking order, and the powerful centre-back is unwilling to wait for more opportunities.

“Bailly is said to be deeply disappointed at being limited to just five senior starts in a campaign,” according to the report in the Scottish paper with both Spurs and Arsenal pursuing Bailly.

Bailly had claimed he would stick around at Old Trafford until the summer, but ask to be sold if the situation didn’t change, though it appears United may now be wanting to pull the trigger early.

The Gunners are in desperate need of reinforcements at centre-back after conceding fifteen goals in just twelve Premier League games.

Arsenal had enquired about the availability of Bailly over the summer along with rivals Spurs, but United insisted they would not sell the Ivory Coast international. 

Bailly has criticised Mourinho for restricting his playing time, and the United manager’s suggestions that he may sell Bailly to raise funds for a new centre-back will please Emery in his search for someone to steady the ship at the back.

 

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