Man Utd star in fresh talks over new contract but dithering may force summer sale

Man Utd star in fresh talks over new contract but dithering may force summer sale

Manchester United are reportedly in fresh contract talks with centre-back Eric Bailly, who only has 16 months left on his current deal.

The 26-year-old has struggled for form and fitness since arriving at Old Trafford in 2016. Indeed, he made only 12 appearances throughout the whole of last season.

This campaign has been a different story, however, with Bailly fully fit and impressing when called upon.

His latest outing was alongside Victor Lindelof as United shut out Real Sociedad again in the Eurpopa League.

Bailly’s current Old Trafford contract runs out in June 2022. But his form has seen the club open talks over extending it.

However, the report in The Sun claims that if Bailly does not sign by the summer then he faces being sold.

The Red Devils have already triggered the one-year-extension clause in Bailly’s contract, which is inserted in every player’s deal.

However, the centre-back could leave the club on a free transfer next summer, which United are keen to avoid. They would rather sell him at the end of the season.

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Solskjaer still looking for new Maguire partner

Despite Solskjaer’s admiration for both Bailly and Lindelof, he is still looking for a new partner for Harry Maguire.

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate both appear to have been priced out of moves. Meanwhile, Brighton’s Ben White could be an affordable option of the Seagulls go down.

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If a new centre-back was to arrive, then Bailly would likely slip further down the pecking order.

To that end, there is every likelihood that he will wait until the summer to see if United do any business before making a decision over his own future.

One thing is for sure, there will be no shortage of clubs interested in the Ivory Coast star.

Former side Villarreal have already shown an interest, as we revealed back in November, while clubs in Italy are also keen.

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