Man United boss Solskjaer contacts defender Bailly amid speculation Arsenal have made £30m approach

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has contacted Eric Bailly amid interest from Arsenal, it has been claimed by Duncan Castles.

Bailly was signed by United for £30 million two seasons ago and firmly became a may stay in the back-line for the special one last season, as he was the most consistent defender at the club.

However, Ex-boss Jose Mourinho chopped and changed his defence this season as he searched for the best centre-back partnership, and Bailly has barely featured for the club, with the Portuguese boss dropping him from the side.

And his game time has not improved much under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the club legend preferring Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling during his seven wins as boss.

That has led to recent speculation in the media which have suggested that Arsenal are interested in trying to complete a £30 million transfer deal.

But Castles has claimed that Solskjaer has contacted Bailly as he faces a fight to keep the unhappy defender.

“I know that [Arsenal] have a longstanding interest in Eric Bailly and have approached him to find out if he’d be interested in moving to Arsenal,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.

“But the question mark in that deal has been: would they have the money to give Manchester United back what they paid to sign him three seasons ago?

“That essentially came down to whether they qualified for the Champions League or not, and when they didn’t, it doesn’t look like they’re gonna have the resources to get Bailly out. And Bailly himself has been told that Solskjaer doesn’t want to sell him.”

Bailly is a solid defender that has all the ability to become a top Premier League player in the coming seasons, he just needs a leader next to him, as he is clearly not a man that leads.

So if rumours are true and he is looking for a way out of United, then it will be a shame for the club, especially since their other options are not up to the standard needed to help the club become Premier League and Champions League winners.

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