Eric Bailly set to seek Manchester United exit this summer despite being offered new deal


Eric Bailly has just over a year to run on his Manchester United contract (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is ready to reject a new contract to stay at Old Trafford as he feels the time is right for a new challenge.

The Ivorian became Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford when he arrived in a £30million deal from Villarreal in 2016.

However, despite his obvious qualities, Bailly’s inability to stay fit has hampered his opportunities at the Theatre of Dreams.

Bailly has featured in just 15 of United’s 50 matches this term and he’s currently sidelined with Covid-19 after returning a positive result following international duty with the Ivory Coast.

Nevertheless, United are keen to keep Bailly and have offered the Ivorian a new deal after recent talks with his representatives.

Bailly feels overlooked by Solskjaer. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

But ESPN report that Bailly is set to turn down their proposal because he feels overlooked by Solskjaer and he’s sceptical about club’s true intentions.

Bailly has just over a year to run on his current deal and there is a school of thought that United are only offering the defender a new deal in order to sell him for a bigger fee.

The defender will therefore seek an exit this summer and United are likely to cash in if Bailly is unwilling to extend his deal, as they risk losing him on a free transfer in 2022 if his contract is allowed to run down.

In any case, Solskjaer is keen on signing a new defender this summer and Bailly may find himself even further down the pecking order.

United have found encouragement in their bid to sign Real Madrid star Raphael Varane, with the Frenchman open to leaving the Bernabeu after ten years in the Spanish capital.

Varane has a year to run on his deal at the club and has intimated that he’s unwilling to sign an extension.

However, United will attempt to talk Madrid down from their £60m asking price for Varane, which they consider to be excessive given his contract situation.


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