The final ten days of this summer’s transfer window are going to be hectic for Manchester United in terms of incomings but outgoings are also expected.
Six first-team players were released at the end of June and Andreas Pereira has also joined Pereira. Now, with Erik ten Hag having had two months to assess his squad, further departures could be imminent.
Eric Bailly is one of the players with a seemingly bleak future at Old Trafford. The Ivorian has struggled to impress over his six years at United and now, there are reports that a move to France could be on the agenda.
According to leading transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, United have now reached a full agreement with French giants Marseille over Bailly.
Full agreement reached yesterday between Olympique Marseille and Man Utd for Eric Bailly. Talks ongoing with player’s agent on personal terms also today – been told Bailly wants the move. 🚨🔵 #OM
Loan with buy option, confirmed ⤵️ https://t.co/V4gacDtxBf
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 20, 2022
The former Villarreal star now needs to agree to personal terms with Marseille – a formality that should not present any problems as the player is said to be keen on the move.
Furthermore, the agreement between Marseille and United will see Bailly make the move on an initial season-long loan plus the option to buy next summer.
Outgoings this summer was always going to be sanctioned only after Ten Hag had assessed his squad and after featuring regularly in pre-season, Bailly has been deemed to be surplus to requirements.
In truth, Bailly is United’s fifth-choice centre-back and his chances of playing this season are slim – further complicated by Lisandro Martinez’s arrival.
Marseille are light in that department following William Saliba’s return to Arsenal and Bailly could help fill that gap.