Arsenal & Spurs set sights on Man United’s Eric Bailly

According to the Daily Record, both Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in the signing of Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.

Hit-and-miss stint

Ivorian central defender Bailly made the move to Old Trafford from La Liga outfit Villarreal in the summer of 2016. United splashed out a hefty fee in the region of £30 million to secure his signature.

And the powerful 24-year-old has since gone on to establish himself as a fan favourite, with his all-action, dominant showings at the back for the Red Devils having seen many label Bailly as the next great Manchester United centre-half.

However, after racking up 24 Premier League starts during his debut campaign in Manchester, Bailly struggled on his way to just 11 league starts last season, with an ankle injury picked up in November having seen the stopper sidelined for over 3 months.

Eric Bailly and Manchester United

Eric Bailly celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the match between Swansea City and Manchester United

And the African has since once again struggled for game-time to this point in the current campaign.

Bailly has been afforded just 3 Premier League starts thus far, with Jose Mourinho having generally opted for the central defensive partnership of Chris Smalling and the improving Victor Lindelof.

In fact, the Espanyol youth product has not made a single appearance for United since the beginning of last month.

Arsenal & Tottenham interest

And, as per the aforementioned report from Duncan Castles of the Daily Record, two clubs eager to take advantage of Bailly’s difficult situation at Old Trafford are Arsenal and Tottenham.

According to Castles, both North London rivals expressed an interest in Bailly during the summer.

And, with the stopper said to be increasingly-unsettled by his lack of time on the pitch, it is claimed that the capital giants have both reaffirmed their interest in securing Bailly’s signature.

United stand firm

Castles adds though, that Manchester United are not prepared to allow the 33-time capped Ivorian international to depart.

Jose Mourinho still sees Bailly as having a bright future, with the 24-year-old possessing all of the necessary tools to develop into a top-class defender.

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