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Manchester United: Eric Bailly could leave on loan as long as option to buy is included

Manchester United: Eric Bailly could leave on loan as long as option to buy is included

Manchester United could let Eric Bailly leave on loan this summer, according to a report by Tuttosport (via Sport Witness).

The Italian media outlet detail AC Milan’s interest in the Ivory Coast international but they state the Premier League side will not make it easy for the Serie A outfit in the pursuit for him.

It is claimed the Rossoneri would have to include an option to buy the 25-year-old if they were to stand any chance of loaning the defender as it is believed that arrangement could be ‘conceivable’.

Bailly certainly has not been able to live up to the £30.4 million Manchester United spent signing him from Villarreal back in the summer of 2016 (Telegraph). Jose Mourinho was excited about the then-22-year-old’s arrival and had initially tipped him for huge success.

“Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent,” he said. “He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around. We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development.”

However, the Ivory Coast international has clearly found it tough to make an impact at Old Trafford and found his opportunities in the side extremely limited last season. According to Transfermarkt, he managed just 18 appearances across all competitions, featuring just eight times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he took over from Mourinho.

WhoScored stated that he managed to make an average of 1.3 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per match but those figures came with just over 600 Premier League minutes for the season, with Victor Lindelof (30), Chris Smalling (24) and Phil Jones (18) all getting more opportunities in the top-flight over the course of the campaign.

With all the speculation surrounding a potential move for Harry Maguire and the Leicester City man seemingly looking to push a move to Old Trafford forward, Bailly could well be a player to make way this summer.

Solskjaer has admitted previously that a defender could be shifted on this transfer window should they land a new addition to that area (The Sun) and the Ivorian could be the casualty.

A loan to buy could well suit Milan this summer as well after they were banned from competing in the Europa League next season after breaching Financial Fair Play regulations (BBC).

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