Olympique Marseille and Eric Bailly yet to come to agreement as Manchester United wait for transfer decision
Manchester United have agreed to terms for the transfer of Eric Bailly to Olympique Marseille. However, the Ivory Coast international and the French side are still discussing personal terms.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, United have already agreed to a loan with an option to buy, which becomes an obligation if the Ligue 1 outfit qualify for the Champions League.
However, the agreement is currently on standby, with Bailly and Marseille still discussing certain terms. A decision between the two parties is expected soon.
The Ivorian came to Manchester in the summer of 2016 under Jose Mourinho. His debut campaign was impressive and Bailly put in decent performances.
Unfortunately, injuries have marred the defender’s career at United. The 28-year-old has rarely featured for the Red Devils since his second season. The Ivorian’s story in Manchester has seen him sit on the sidelines mainly.
Over the years, United have made multiple additions to the backline. Players like Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Vrane have taken centre-stage. Bailly has been surplus to requirement.
In this transfer window, another centre-back has been added to the squad. Lisandro Martinez signed for big money from Ajax. The Argentine reunites with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
The first two games of the season have seen our captain be paired with Martinez. Although the performances haven’t been good, there seem to be other centre-backs in the pecking order ahead of Bailly.
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It remains to be seen whether the Ivorian’s stint at United comes to an end with a move to Marseille. A move away feels like the best thing for Bailly at this moment in time. Game time is not a guarantee in Manchester with the depth in defence.