Manchester United are considering allowing defender Eric Bailly leave the club on loan, according to reports.
The centre-back has been desperately unlucky with injuries in recent years and missed a large portion of the current campaign after suffering a knee injury in pre-season.
As a result he has made just eight appearances this season, with his only Premier League start being an impressive performance on his return against Chelsea in February, and has since fallen behind Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order.
It’s claimed that Spanish side Valencia would be keen to take Bailly for either a part or the entirety of next season, with clubs in Portugal and Italy also said to be interested. But any club who takes him must pay a significant portion of his hefty wages.
While the report states that United aren’t considering selling the Ivorian it’s reported that they would demand the £34.2million fee they paid for him in 2016 if offers were made.
Bailly’s departure would come as something of a surprise given he is United’s third-choice defender and has been in good form in 2020.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey is reportedly pushing for a move to the Premier League, amid links with United.
The Jamaica international will ask Leverkusen to let him speak to clubs this summer ahead of a move, according to Sky Sports. He could also be available for a cut price fee of between £20-30million as a result of financial impact on the transfer market cause by the coronavirus pandemic.
While United’s first choice winger target remains Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Bailey has been touted as a possible cheaper alternative.