Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is open to joining La Liga giants Sevilla this summer.
According to a report by talkSPORT, Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly is closing in on an exit from Old Trafford in the ongoing transfer window and is open to joining La Liga heavyweights Sevilla. The Ivory Coast international has been linked with a host of clubs but is yet to secure an exit from Old Trafford.
Eric Bailly joined Manchester United in the 2016 summer transfer window and was former manager Jose Mourinho’s first signing at the club. The 28-year-old was among the regular starters in his first season at the club, but recurring injuries and inconsistent form saw him slide down the pecking order.
The Red Devils signed the likes of Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane over the years, which meant Bailly’s chances were limited. The arrival of Lisandro Martinez in the ongoing transfer window has further pushed him down the pecking order, and the former Villarreal defender is eager to leave Manchester United in search of more game time.
The Ivorian defender made just seven appearances last season across all competitions, which came right after he put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the club. Bailly was reportedly close to leaving Manchester United as a free agent in the 2021 summer transfer window but instead chose to stay put. But that decision has not turned out well.
Bailly is now eager to leave Manchester United this summer, with the likes of AS Roma and Sevilla showing interest in his signature. Roma are currently being managed by Mourinho, who previously coached the defender at Manchester United and is keen on a reunion with the defender.
On the other hand, Sevilla just saw centre-back Jules Kounde join La Liga rivals Barcelona after a lengthy transfer saga, which saw Chelsea missing out on the Frenchman. The Andalusian club see Bailly as a possible replacement for Kounde and one who would come cheap.
Sevilla recently signed Manchester United left-back Alex Telles on a season-long loan deal and could be involved in a move for yet another of the Red Devils’ defenders, with Bailly open to moving back to La Liga this summer.