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Bordeaux open talks to sign Man Utd defender Phil Jones

Bordeaux have opened discussions with Manchester United over a potential deal for Phil Jones, French publication L’Equipe claims.

The England international recently made his first competitive appearance in over 700 days against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He was lauded by manager Ralf Rangnick following the game, but there remains speculation regarding his future.

Jones is presently the fifth-choice centre-back behind Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.

It is now reported that Bordeaux have opened negotiations over signing him before the transfer deadline on Monday night.

Our view:

Bordeaux have recently loaned out Otavio and Josh Maja to Atletico Mineiro and Stoke City, respectively, and have freed up wages.

The Ligue 1 outfit are currently languishing just above the drop zone and seem to be eyeing an experienced central defender.

Laurent Koscielny has done a credible job in recent years, but he has been on the decline and was recently axed by the manager.

Jones, who has 27 international caps, could be offered the chance to revive his career, but it is unclear whether United will sanction a deal.

There is sufficient depth in the central defensive department, but there remains the risk of COVID-19 and injuries for the rest of the season.

Elsewhere, there has been speculation that Bailly could head for the exit door before the transfer window closes on January 31.

The Ivorian has been linked with a move to the Serie A. AC Milan are long-term admirers, but Roma are also in the mix to sign him.

Between the duo, Jones could be the likely candidate to leave, but the move may depend on the hierarchy giving the green light.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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