Bailly ready to quit Manchester United, Spurs face fight for deal

Eric Bailly is ready to spark a frenzy for his signature as he is ready to quit Manchester United, putting Tottenham on alert according to The Mirror.

What’s the word?

Jose Mourinho’s criticisms of his defensive options at Manchester United so far this season have been widely documented and it seems one of the players, who he himself signed, has grown frustrated with his attitude.

The Mirror states Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly is ready to quit after seeing his first-team opportunities decrease significantly in the past month, dropped following the defeat to Brighton and only making substitute appearances against Burnley and Watford.

At 24, Bailly still has plenty of years ahead of him and is seeking to secure a move that will hand him increased chances, although Spurs face a fight to land his services as North London rivals Arsenal are also keen.

Would he be a good signing?

Tottenham’s defensive ranks are currently looking quite strong with Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez to choose from but the future of Alderweireld remains under intense speculation – which could force Mauricio Pochettino into the market.

With Vertonghen now 31, Tottenham may also need to look towards the future and partnering Bailly, rated at £31.5m by TransferMarkt, alongside Sanchez in the long-term could prove to be a masterstroke for the club, especially given Pochettino’s record of getting the best out of young players.

That would potentially leave Spurs with a backline consisting of Ben Davies, Sanchez, Bailly and Kieran Tripper for the seasons ahead, which on paper at least looks capable of launching an assault for honours to wipe away what has been the biggest criticism of Tottenham in recent years.