Manchester United are yet to make a signing during this transfer window, but have been in the spotlight as it was revealed last week that as many as 17 players are rumoured to want a move away from the club and now talks have opened to offload a player.
Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Manchester United have opened talks with AC Milan about their interest in signing Eric Bailly on loan this January.
The Italian transfer insider tweeted:
“Eric Bailly future will be decided soon. AC Milan are interested in him as potential new centre back on loan, talks opened – no final decision has been made yet.
“Manchester United are waiting for further direct contacts with AC Milan in the coming hours/days.”
The announcement from Romano has been met with a furious response from fans of the Red Devils, with many tweeting their criticism of the potential move for the defender.
Some fans used the opportunity to scathe Manchester United defender and captain, Harry Maguire, with one fan tweeting in reply to Romano:
“Imagine selling Bailly and keeping Maguire… This club is truly finished.” Another replied: “What do you do when you’re short in a certain position? You sell a player who plays in that exact position. My club.”
Bailly hasn’t been given the opportunity to make an impact on the side this season so far, with only seven appearances in all competitions, so it is no wonder that talks have opened for a move for the 27-year-old defender, as he has spoken out in the past about his desire to play more football and be a starter in the team.
Ralf Rangnick must make the right decision on Bailly’s future, especially going into the rest of the season where he sits in a vulnerable position in the league, currently seven points adrift of a Champions League spot in fourth place.
The club is also still involved in the FA Cup and the Champions League round of 16 knockouts this season, and will need to maintain experience and availability of players to see out the season with a much better outlook and position than the one they are currently in.
Although he’s very rarely played this term, Bailly can potentially offer this in his position which he has been a part of for five years at Old Trafford.
With so much football left to play this term, letting valued members of the team leave would be a puzzling first step in the transfer window from the club’s German interim manager. It would also be an eventuality that leaves a number of supporters at Old Trafford rather confused and angry at the transfer policy from upstairs once again.
They haven’t got things right in the past and they are hardly heading in the right direction this winter either.
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