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Manchester United Willing To Sell This Defender To Arsenal For £30m: Should The Gunners Sign Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by the Metro, Manchester United would allow Eric Bailly to join Arsenal if Unai Emery is prepared to pay their £30m asking price for the defender this summer. The same source has revealed that the Red Devils want to recoup the fee they had paid Villarreal to bring the Ivorian centre-back to Old Trafford back in 2016, so if the Gunners are willing to match it, then a potential deal might take place between the two clubs at the end of this campaign.

Bailly suffered a knee injury versus Chelsea last month which could rule him out for the start of next season. Hence, it is no surprise that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to cash in on his prized asset.

Arsenal are desperate to add more quality to their backline during the summer transfer period. However, one can argue whether the ex-La Liga defensive ace has what it takes to succeed at the Emirates Stadium.

Bailly’s Record So Far

Bailly has featured in a total of 18 matches for the Reds of Manchester so far this season, making an average of 1.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 3.3 clearances per game across all competitions (Stats taken from Whoscored). The Man United centre-half has been mediocre at best while defending in his own half and so a change in scenery could help him reignite his career in European football.

What Does The Ivorian Defender Offer On The Pitch?

The Ivorian talent can be a commanding figure at the back when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. However, he looks like a shadow of his former self these days as his poor luck with injuries has hampered his growth as a defender at the Theatre of Dreams.

The potential acquisition of Bailly will probably bolster Emery’s defensive options at the North London club. But he is way too inconsistent with his performances on the pitch, and now his unavailability due to injury has made him a liability for Man United.

Should The Gunners Move In For Bailly?

It could be a colossal mistake by Arsenal if they end up acquiring Bailly’s services in the summer. He is too unreliable to be trusted at the back, so the Gunners are better of opting for more proven options ahead of the new season.

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