According to the Daily Mail [no link, you know why], Manchester United have rejected an approach from Arsenal to take Eric Bailly on loan for the rest of the season.
The Ivory Coast international played the first two games of the season for Jose Mourinho but quickly fell out of favour and has made only seven further appearances.
The 24-year-old was signed for £30 million in 2016 from Villarreal and only has 18 months left on his contract. Apparently, they do have the right to extend his deal by two more years but they are waiting on a new permanent manager to make that decision.
While Bailly isn’t as underwhelming as our recruitment of Mikael Silvestre from United (sorry to bring that up), it’s hard to be excited about a link with a player who they seem not to rate at Old Trafford.
It’s interesting that we’re still in the market for a defender during this transfer window. After a couple of rumours tipping us to swoop for defenders in the days after Rob Holding’s injury, things died down on that front. Losing Hector Bellerin may have brought our need on this front to the fore again.