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Manchester United outcast would give Arsenal the defensive upgrade they crave

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Manchester United outcast would give Arsenal the defensive upgrade they crave

Eric Bailly is reportedly a summer transfer target for Arsenal, with Manchester United seemingly keen to sell.

Arsenal have seen their Champions League ambitions take a substantial hit during the last few days. Defeats to Crystal Palace and Wolves leaves their top four fate out of their hands.

The Gunners’ best chance of reaching Europe’s elite club competition could be through the Europa League, where they face a semi-final with Valencia.

Regardless of what happens this season, it is fair to see there are issues for Unai Emery to address during the summer.

The playing squad certainly needs some work, in particular, at the back. The Sun has already started the speculation, linking the Gunners with a move for Manchester United outcast Eric Bailly.

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The 25-year-old was signed by United from Villarreal for £30 million (BBC Sport), although Arsenal are hopeful of getting the defender for closer to £20 million.


Bailly hasn’t played since being subbed before half-time during United’s Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain.

The £80k-a-week (Spotrac) defender clearly has his flaws but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a good signing. For starters, he is a massive upgrade on anything Emery currently has at his disposal.

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Arsenal have shipped 46 goals in the league this season and that is far too many. Bailly is still at a nice age that if he can go to the Emirates and get plenty of games under his belt he can still have a decent Premier League career.

You don’t play 73 times for the Red Devils by being a bad player. Arsenal will hope to see some bigger names than Bailly arrive during the summer; although signing the defender for a reported £20 million would still represent good business by the Gunners.

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