Manchester United will sell crocked Eric Bailly for the ‘right price’ of £30m according to The Mirror.
Manchester United spent £30m on the defender back in 2016 when they signed him from Unai Emery’s former club, Villarreal. That’s how much they want to get back, practically ruling Arsenal out of any deal given they only have a reported £40m to spend if they don’t make the Champions League.
Just days after being linked with what was then a £20m transfer to Arsenal, Bailly has ligament damage keeping him out for the rest of the season and the Africa Cup of Nations.
Arsenal and United were said to be in negotiations for the player before his injury.
To make matters worse, Bailly was already injury prone, and ligament damage isn’t something most players brush off without repercussions.
Most likely, this deal is off now, and Arsenal will have to move onto other targets. Both the injury and price are too much for the club to justify moving for the player.
On the upside, this also means the strong possibility that Bailly will be available for free in the summer of 2020, assuming he recovers well and Arsenal are still interested then.