Manchester United set low Eric Bailly transfer price as Inter Milan eye another raid

Man Utd: Eric Bailly flies in with two feet in training

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Manchester United want £17million to let Eric Bailly leave for Inter Milan, according to reports. The Ivory Coast international has struggled for minutes at Old Trafford. And, with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire ahead of him in the pecking order, a parting of the ways could be on the cards.

Manchester United signed Bailly from Villarreal for £30million back in the summer transfer window of 2016.

And the Ivory Coast international enjoyed a positive first season at Old Trafford, helping the club win the Carabao Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho.

In the years since, however, Bailly has been regularly plagued by injuries.

And though he’s been fully fit for a while now, he’s still struggled to get into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting line up.

As a result, talk of Bailly potentially leaving the Theatre of Dreams in this summer’s transfer window has gathered momentum.

And the Daily Record say United want £17m for the centre-back, who has grown tired of being stuck behind Lindelof and Maguire in his manager’s pecking order.

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Even in today’s world, that’s rather affordable.

However, Inter will supposedly try and haggle as they look to bring the 26-year-old to the San Siro.

Should their pursuit be successful, then Bailly would become the fourth United player to join Antonio Conte’s side in two years.

Romelu Lukaku was the first, with the Belgium international leaving for Inter after struggling to oust Anthony Martial from the No 9 role.

Alexis Sanchez then followed, initially on loan, before joining Inter on a permanent basis last summer.


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And Ashley Young moved to Inter in the January transfer window of 2020 having been enticed by the prospect of an existing new challenge overseas.

Meanwhile, a source close to Bailly recently claimed the defender felt he would never become a regular fixture under Solskjaer during the Norwegian’s spell as manager.

“Eric loves the club and the fans,” they were quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

“His family are settled in Manchester and he’d like nothing more than to spend the rest of his career at Old Trafford.

“But he feels the club has been very disrespectful towards him and frankly he’s had enough.

“He feels that no matter what he does, he will never be first choice for Ole.

“He now realises he’s too good and too young to spend his time sitting on the bench.”

Sanchez, meanwhile, lifted the lid on his decision to leave United for Inter in a stunning speech last year.

“I want to tell you about my period at United, about many things that were said and that made me look bad,” he said.

“I got the opportunity to go to United and it seemed tempting to me. It was something nice for me, because, when I was a kid, I liked that club a lot.

“I ended up signing without much information about what was happening in the move. The first days that I was with my colleagues, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.

“The first training I had I realised many things. I came home and I told my representative: ‘Can’t the contract be terminated to return to Arsenal?’ They start laughing and I told them that something did not sit right with me. It [the contract] had already been signed.”

He then added: “I’m telling you my experience; the journalists at times would speak without knowing the facts and it hurt, they had no idea what was going on inside the club.

“They said it was my fault, and this, and that, but sometimes a player depends on the environment, the family that is created around him, and I think that in that moment we weren’t really a family.

“And that translated on to the pitch, and since there needed to be someone to blame, they blamed me.”

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