Manchester United “are preparing to loan Eric Bailly to AC Milan” as the Italian club consider replacing injured defender Simon Kjaer in January … with Old Trafford chiefs “open to inclusion of a clause of ‘purchase option in the agreement “
- AC Milan have identified Man United outlaw Eric Bailly as prime transfer target
- Bailly has only made seven United appearances so far this season
- Milan must replace Simon Kjaer with injured defender for six months
- United reportedly willing to send Bailly on loan to San Siro this month
Manchester United are set to send Eric Bailly on loan to AC Milan this month amid interest from Stefano Pioli, according to reports in Italy.
Bailly, 27, has fallen out of favor at Old Trafford this season, making just four Premier League appearances and seven in all competitions.
The arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid last summer pushed the Ivorian defender even lower in the hierarchy, and he could now be ready to leave United on loan.
According to the Italian publication The Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan are keen to bring Bailly to San Siro on a first loan deal this month.
Manchester United reportedly ready to send Eric Bailly on loan to AC Milan this month
They are on the lookout for a new defender in January after losing Simon Kjaer to long-term injury, with the Danish star having to spend the next six months on the sidelines.
Bailly is seen as one of their main targets and United are willing to let him go on loan, when they could even insert a purchase option clause into the deal.
Milan have also kept tabs on Manchester City defender Nathan Ake, but the Dutchman’s high salary is out of reach.
Milan want Bailly to replace defender Simon Kjaer, who is set to spend six months injured
Nathan Ake was another option, but the Manchester City star’s salary demands were too high
Lille’s Sven Botman was another center-back on the Serie A squad’s radar, but club manager Frederic Massara has doubts about his availability.
“The role of a center-back is our priority after Kjaer’s injury,” Massara told Sky Sports Italy, via Italy football. “In a time like this with so many absentees also due to COVID, we will definitely be ready if we can find a sustainable option in the market.
“Botman is a very good player, but I don’t think Lille want to deprive themselves of him at the moment. There are a lot of options to consider.
“There are possibilities to assess, because it is a very uncertain time for clubs, especially with the stadiums being closed, so we have to think very carefully.”