Arsenal have been told that Manchester United would be open to selling Eric Bailly to them so long as they recoup what they originally paid for him (The Metro).
The Ivory Coast centre-back set the Red Devils back £30 million when he joined from Villarreal in 2016 (The Daily Mail), meaning that’s the minimum price the Gunners will realistically have to pay if they want to sign him this summer.
Arsenal are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements this summer after another season of fragility at the back.
Unai Emery’s team have been fairly good in attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette scoring goals for fun.
But the defence has been the achilles heel, just like in Arsene Wenger’s final few years at the club.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Bailly has been a peripheral figure at the club when many expected him to get more game time.
The star had a great start to his United career but has now been out of favour for some time at the Theatre of Dreams.
That said, he remains a solid and combative defender who really could improve Arsenal’s leaky defence.
At the moment there is a real lack of mobility, but Bailly’s turn of pace can address that.
£30 million is probably steep given his lack of football this year but it is to be expected that United don’t want to make a loss on him.