Manchester United defensive duo Eric Bailly and Ethan Laird may soon be on their way out of the club.
According to The Athletic, Bailly could head out on a permanent transfer, while Laird could seal another season-long loan deal.
This comes after the arrival of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax in a £56.7 million move. Erik ten Hag also signed left-back Tyrell Malacia earlier this summer, increasing competition at the back.
Defending Serie A champions AC Milan are looking to acquire Bailly. However, they are not the only Italian club contemplating signing him.
Jose Mourinho is also keen to reunite with the Ivorian defender at Roma. Watford have initiated talks with Laird to sign him on a loan deal.
Time for Manchester United to be ruthless?
The Premier League giants are often accused of failing to sell their players who do not contribute much to the squad.
When fully fit, Bailly has shown that he is one of the better defenders at Old Trafford. However, his injury-prone history has been a huge obstacle to his career.
Last season, he featured in just four Premier League games due to a lack of fitness and form.
The addition of the defensive reinforcements under ten Hag means that the club needs to trim their squad.
Bailly is behind Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order. This makes it very difficult for him to play every week, which he desires.
It appears like United would be better off selling him and using those funds to bolster other positions.
The problem of plenty blocks Laird’s path as well for consistent game time on the pitch.
The 20-year-old faces competition from Diogo Dalot and Aaron-Wan Bissaka for the right-back spot.
The youth academy product is still very young and has plenty of time to gain experience. A loan move to Watford will help him improve and get regular minutes under his belt.
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