Manchester United defender Eric Bailly’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt, according to reports in Italy.
The Red Devils have reportedly offered AC Milan the opportunity to sign the centre-back, although it is understood that the Serie A side are not interested.
Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport claimed, as cited by @ManUnitedZone_, that Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to cash in on him now to raise funds for other transfer targets in the summer.
It is understood that the Ivory Coast international, who has won 34 caps for his country, is considered surplus to requirements as he has been plagued by injury and performance-related issues. Bailly finds himself below Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order, while it’s an open secret that Solskjaer has set his sights on signing another centre-back before the start of next season.
Likewise, Milan want to find a new defender, but Stefano Pioli’s side are apparently prepared to look elsewhere instead.
United continue to be linked to Gabriel Magalhaes, although Ed Woodward faces stiff competition from Arsenal, amid interest from a number of European clubs.
If Gabriel arrives at Old Trafford in the summer, it seems as though Bailly is next in line to leave, just days after Alexis Sanchez packed his bags for Inter Milan on a permanent deal.
The Ivorian recently signed a new deal which would keep him at Old Trafford until 2022 but the club want to cut their losses. After arriving from Villarreal four seasons ago, he has only managed to make 84 appearances in all competitions so far.
Woodward has insisted that summer spending will be limited unless he can get rid of the deadwood in the transfer window and he should try to raise funds by offloading the United outcast as Solskjaer continues his search for a new defender.
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