Eric Bailly’s representative believes the Ivorian defender can be an important player for Manchester United, but has admitted that the ‘situation will need to be assessed’ if there are no opportunities under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Bailly hasn’t featured for the Reds since the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last month, where he was maligned for a pitiful showing alongside Harry Maguire.
Before that, the 26-year-old impressed at the start of the season and was looking to stake a claim to become Maguire’s regular partner in defence, but an injury has derailed any hopes of that.
And the return of Axel Tuanzebe into the fold after a lengthy spell on the sidelines will only hinder hopes of an immediate return to the first-team when he recovers from his latest setback.
Bailly has been linked to a number of clubs, including AC Milan while at United and his representative Graziano Battistini thinks there is logic to the potential transfer
“The boy is in an important context such as that of United, before evaluating an exit there must be absolutely valid situations,” he told Calciomercato.it.
“The Milan idea may have a logic, but we need to evaluate many implications, today we are talking about nothing.”
“The experience with the Red Devils depends, as always, on luck, who you meet, on the opportunities.
“If he has the right chances, for me he can be an important player to solve some problems of the team. If all this does not happen, it is clear that the situation will need to be assessed, but now it is too early to say certain things.
“My Spanish partners who manage him are cautious in all respects, but the boy is very focused on Manchester United.”
Solskjaer has an excess of central defenders at Old Trafford, with the forlorn Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo among those that must be sold.
Bailly may be another one who United look to sell; for all his potential and natural defensive ability, he has proven he cannot be relied upon consistently due to his awful luck with injuries.