Eric Bailly tipped as makeweight in Man United swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres

Eric Bailly

Speculation stemming from the English media on Sunday suggests that Manchester United are ready to part with Eric Bailly.

Struggling stopper

The opening months of the new season have, all told, summed up Ivorian international Bailly’s Man United stint.

The 26-year-old, when handed the opportunity to impress, has looked largely solid, with a standout League Cup showing at Luton back in September a particular highlight.

Every time it appears as though Bailly’s career in Manchester is finally set to take off, though, one of a high-profile mistake, or a fitness problem (generally the latter), is swiftly forthcoming.

Injury woes have once again plagued the former Villarreal man in 2020/21, with the latest in a string of muscle issues having seen Bailly ruled out for a month late in October.

Eric Bailly tipped as makeweight in Man United swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres

Manchester United’s Eric Bailly (left) and Luton Town’s George Moncur during the Carabao Cup third round match at Kenilworth Road, Luton. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, though, even when fit, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tended to opt for alternative options to Bailly, with Victor Lindelof having established himself as the first-choice partner for Red Devils captain Harry Maguire.

Torres swap?

With the addition of another central-defensive option having already been touted as the no.1 target for the board at Old Trafford next summer, meanwhile, Bailly’s game-time is unlikely to improve any time soon.

As such, with the African possessing undoubted talent, questions will inevitably soon be asked of his Manchester United future.

And, as outlined above, one potential solution to both the club’s search for reinforcements at the back, and hopes of moving Bailly on, could well be sought out by Ed Woodward and co. in the very near future.

As per a report from TeamTalk, the Red Devils have identified Villarreal star Pau Torres as a key target.

Eric Bailly tipped as makeweight in Man United swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres

Pau Francisco Torres of Villarreal during the La Liga Santander match between Villarreal CF and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Estadio de la Ceramica on November 3, 2019 in Vila-real, Spain (Photo by Maria Jose Segovia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The stumbling block in any potential swoop for the Spaniard, however, comes in the form of his rumoured £60 million+ valuation.

In turn, it has been suggested that United could attempt to utilise Bailly – who actually made the move to Manchester from Villarreal – as a makeweight in a deal for Torres.

Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, though, are also tipped as potential landing spots for the out of favour Reds defender.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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