Eric Bailly: Real Madrid plot to sign £35m rated Ivorian defender this summer

Eric Bailly: Real Madrid plot to sign £35m rated Ivorian defender this summer

- Eric Bailly has emerged a top transfer target for Spanish league giants Real Madrid

- The Ivorian has one more year on his current contract with Manchester United

- Los Blancos are planning to splash about £35m on the defender who won Europa League title at Old Trafford in 2017

Real Madrid are reportedly planning to sign out of favour Manchester United defender Eric Bailly at the end of this season.

The 24-year-old has only made eleven Premier League appearances for the Red Devils this campaign.

Bailly joined the Old Trafford outfit in the summer of 2016 in a four year deal valued around €38 million, and his reign at the club will expire in 2020.

SunSport reports that Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has concluded plans to sign a replacement for the Ivorian this summer.

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Meanwhile, Los Blancos seem to have penned the defender as one of their first signing when the summer transfer window opens in July.

The Galacticos were said to have attempted to sign Bailly back in 2016 £30 million, but were beaten to his signing by the Premier League side.

Former United manager Jose Mourinho brought the 24-year-old to Old Trafford three seasons back.

But has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of the Norwegian tactician, added with the consistent injuries which has marred his reign at the club.

In all, the Ivorian has made just 13 appearances in all competitions this season and he remains a huge doubt for the Champions League quarter-final clash against Barcelona.

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Meanwhile, Solskjaer side could propose a player-plus-cash deal including Bailly to increase their chances of luring £70m rated Raphael Varane away from the Bernabeu.

Italian champions Juventus are also said to be interested in landing the 2018 World Cup winning defender this summer. earlier reported Manchester United have received a huge injury boost with eight squad members set to return from injury against Watford this weekend.

The Mirror reports that stars like Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are ready to return, but Alexis Sanchez is still out with a knee ligament injury, which will keep him out for another 21 days.

At the last count, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw the likes of Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial pull out of international duty with various degree of injuries. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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