Eric Bailly will ask Manchester United to sell him to AC Milan in January should the Italians make a firm approach for his services and he continues to be excluded by Jose Mourinho.
The Serie A giants have been linked with Bailly amid claims they are looking to add to their rearguard when the transfer window reopens.
According to ESPN, Milan are looking to fix their crisis at the back following the injury sustained by Mattia Caldara that will see him out for three months.
And with their interest in Bailly reportedly growing, it is understood the Ivory Coast international is ready to go back on his initial plan to see out the season at Old Trafford after becoming the latest star to fall fall of Mourinho in recent weeks.
The defender – a £30million signing from Villarreal in Mourinho’s first summer in charge – has not featured since being withdrawn 19 minutes into United’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle last month.
Reports have suggested that Mourinho is eyeing a defensive overhaul in January, and Bailly is among those who he is seeking an upgrade for.
Bailly has also been linked with moves to Arsenal and Tottenham in January after finding himself in and out of Mourinho’s side this season.
It was initially claimed that the former Villarreal man has no intention of leaving Old Trafford in January but it’s reported that he only sees bleak times ahead at Old Trafford and – fearing he has lost the faith of Mourinho – will ask to be sold if the opportunity presents itself in January.
It could prove to be a busy few weeks for Milan, who are also said to be in advanced talks with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
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