- Eric Bailly finds himself out of contract at Manchester United in summer 2022
- The Ivorian is believed to have become frustrated at his bit-part role at United
- United are eyeing another centre back and Bailly is reluctant to sign a new deal
Eric Bailly is ready to leave Manchester United this summer rather than sign a new contract
Victor Lindelof (left) and Harry Maguire (right) have been the preferred centre back pairing
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) has used Bailly sparingly and the Ivorian is increasingly frustrated
Manchester United are exploring a summer deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane
Eric Bailly is reluctant to sign a new contract at Manchester United after becoming frustrated with life at Old Trafford.
The 27-year old has grown increasingly frustrated at being overlooked for first team starts under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and with the club looking to sign another centre back, Bailly is even more disinclined to commit to a new deal.
He is prepared to leave this summer with his contract having just over a year left to run.
Bailly was Jose Mourinho’s first signing at Old Trafford for £30million in 2016 arriving from Villarreal but he has fallen down the pecking order under Solskjaer.
Harry Maguire is United’s captain and Victor Lindelof has been preferred as his partner, leaving Bailly short of opportunities.
He had made more than 100 appearances for United but injuries have hampered his time at the club and now he is reluctant to commit to fresh terms.
Bailly has been unavailable for United’s last three games after testing positive for Covid-19.
Another bone of contention from Bailly’s side is United’s pursuit of a new central defender this summer.
United are exploring a summer deal for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane which would further reduce Bailly’s opportunities.
The France international is the subject of long-held interest from United and they have been given encouragement he is ready to leave Madrid at the end of this season though there could be competition from Paris Saint-Germain, the club Varane followed as a boy.
The 27-year-old Varane has one year left on contract after this summer and is still valued in the region of £60m by Madrid, who will need to raise funds for their own rebuilding.
United would hope to get that figure down but there is a growing recognition within the club that Varane fits the profile of defender they need to play alongside Harry Maguire.
That view was echoed recently by former United defender Gary Neville who pinpointed Varane as the perfect foil for Maguire, rating him as ‘an amazing player’ and ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk as the world’s best defender.
United have discussed a number of targets, mindful they are working within a restricted budget and want a forward and cover at right-back too.
Red Bull Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, who is wanted by Liverpool, has a set buy-out clause, is young but has suffered some disruptive injuries.