Arsenal, Tottenham monitoring Eric Bailly’s situation at Old Trafford – report

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in a move to sign Manchester United star Eric Bailly, according to a report

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Arsenal and Tottenham are keeping tabs on Manchester United defender Eric Bailly ahead of the January transfer window, according to a report in England.

The Daily Star is reporting that the north London clubs are interested in a potential deal to sign the Ivory Coast international in the next transfer window.

The same article states that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the African centre-half, who moved to the Premier League from La Liga in June 2016.

According to the same story, Unai Emery’s Arsenal are also monitoring Bailly’s situation given the manager’s previous encounters with the centre-half in the Spanish top flight.

The Daily Star report goes on to suggest that Bailly could force through a move in the January transfer window after falling out of favour under current manager Jose Mourinho.

Bailly’s demise at Manchester United has been alarming given his impressive first season at the Old Trafford following his £30m move to the Red Devils from Villarreal in the 2016 summer transfer window.

His 2016-17 campaign was cut short due to a serious knee problem in Manchester United’s 4-0 loss to Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge before he returned to help the club win the Europa League and the League Cup.

Bailly missed Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final after the Ivorian star was sent off in the semi-final against Celta Vigo.

He struggled with injury problems in the 2017-18 season and Bailly didn’t feature towards the end of the campaign.

The Manchester United centre-half struggled badly in a 3-2 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion in their second fixture of the Premier League campaign.

Bailly has only started one Premier League game since that defeat at the Amex Stadium but the Ivorian was withdrawn inside 16 minutes of their 3-2 win over Newcastle United last weekend.

Manchester United’s African signings in the Premier League era

Quinton Fortune (South Africa): Signed in a £1.5m deal from Atletico Madrid in 1999. Sold to Bolton Wanderers in 2006.

Eric Djemba-Djemba (Cameroon): Signed in a £3.5m deal from Nantes in 2003. Sold to Aston Villa in £1.5m deal in 2005.

Manucho (Angola): Signed from Petro Atletico in 2008. Sold to Vallodid in 2009.

Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal): Signed from Molde in 2009. Sold to Hannover 96 in 2012.

Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast): Signed from Crystal Palace in a £10m deal in 2013. Sold to Crystal Palace for £3m in 2015.

Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast): Signed from Villarreal in 2016.

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