Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Manchester United are preparing to sell a number of their stars, with Eric Bailly heading the list.
Since joining the Red Devils in 2016 for £30m, Bailly has struggled to impress at Old Trafford. The Ivorian international has suffered an injury-ravaged stay in Manchester and has therefore struggled for consistency.
The 28-year-old has contributed to United’s defensive troubles over the years, which has seen each passing manager struggle to nail down a perfect backline.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is another who can be seen as culpable for these issues, and subsequently is another on United’s reported exit list should a suitable offer arrive.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano had the following to say about any potential exits from the club:
“Eric Bailly is a player that they discussed in this case to sell because they are prepared to sell Eric Bailly this summer and same could happen to [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka but in this case, it depends on the proposal.
“What kind of proposals they will get and so they will make a decision soon even on Wan-Bissaka”.
Even back in January former Premier League striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider that Manchester United should “jump at the chance to get him [Bailly] off the books”.
It appears that now summer and the new manager has arrived, they will explore this exact option.
Our thoughts on Romano’s comments…
Eric Bailly seems to be a part of a long list of failed transfers for Manchester United since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
As far back as 2020, Manchester United had spent over £1bn since Ferguson left, with this only set to increase as Ten Hag will reportedly be given another sizeable investment into his squad this summer.
Any opportunities to remove deadwood from this squad should be seized upon, and with Bailly having not managed more than 13 league games since 2016/17, his wage is wasted on a player that cannot play.
To truly allow Ten Hag to make his mark on a seriously underperforming Manchester United team, players of this calibre must be moved on to make way for a new generation of hungry players who have the desire to take the Reds back to the top.
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