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Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly set to join Besiktas

Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly is set to join Turkish Super Lig club Besiktas, according to Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The Ivory Coast international is joining the club on a permanent deal and has signed a one-year deal after an agreement was reached tonight between both parties.

Bailly spent last season on loan Marseille as he was not in Man United manager Erik ten Hag’s plans.

The 29-year-old joined the Red Devils from Villarreal in June 2016 and made 38 appearances across all competitions in his debut campaign at the Old Trafford club.

Bailly helped Jose Mourinho-led Man United land the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and Europa League in his first season but dropped out of the first-team picture afterwards due to injuries and a dip in form.

He has played 75 more games since then, and his contract expires in 2025.

The defender has been linked with an exit all summer and has not been involved with the Man United first-team since his loan with the Ligue 1 club ended last season.

While the summer transfer window across major European leagues ended last Friday, Turkey’s does not close until September 8 and the club will be glad to see Bailly leave.

It is unknown whether the Red Devils are getting a fee from Besiktas for Bailly or whether they have decided to terminate his contract to enable him to leave for free after his years of service to the club.

Dean Henderson, Anthony Elanga, Fred and Alex Telles left the club earlier in this window, while Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and David de Gea were released.