Eric Bailly, a defender for Manchester United, has been mentioned by Real Betis as a possible transfer target this summer.
According to Diario AS, the Spanish club’s interest in the Ivorian defender has increased as a result of the necessity to fill the void left by the departures of Victor Ruiz and Edgar González.
Football Espana reports that Manuel Pellegrini, the manager of Betis, prioritizes defensive upgrades because his squad will have a busier schedule after qualifying for the Europa League this season.
Given that Bailly only has one year left on his contract and is out of favor, Man United will try to unload him during the current transfer window.
The Peoples Person earlier reported that Real Betis’ new sporting director Ramón Planes started closely studying the player after his loan to Marseille last season, so this is not the first time that Bailly has been on the Liga club’s radar.
Bailly was thought to be a good acquisition when he moved from Villareal to Manchester in 2016, but injuries have hampered his time at Old Trafford.
Over his six years at United, the 29-year-old has missed 103 games due to injuries.
Last season, Erik ten Hag gave Bailly the chance to resurrect his career by allowing him to go on loan to Marseille even though he was not seen as a crucial part of his plans.
Injury struck once more, restricting Bailly to just 23 outings for the team this season.
Although Betis has not yet made an official offer for the player, United is anticipated to accept a proposal of £2 million, a significant decrease from the £30 million/€38 million initially spent for the player.
If a deal were to be reached this summer, Bailly would add his name to a lengthy list of players that United has sold for substantially less than they originally paid; this practice must end.
Although a deal for Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana is in the works, Bailly’s exit would benefit the Red Devils at a time when they will be eager to reduce their pay bill.