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Marseille planning fresh bid for Man Utd defender Eric Bailly

Marseille are planning a fresh move for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, having failed to sign him during the January transfer window.

The Ivorian was linked with a possible exit last winter, but the Red Devils were clear that he was unlikely to head for the exit door.

However, the situation could change this summer. United are eyeing a new centre-back which could pave the way for his permanent exit.

According to French journalist Fabrice Hawkins, Marseille will return for Bailly this summer, having failed to pursue him on loan in January.

Les Phoceens are not alone in the pursuit. Bailly is also attracting interest from Italian clubs. A decision will be made at the end of the season.

Our view:

Bailly has endured a tough campaign for the Red Devils with less than 500 minutes of playing time. He has not featured for the club since the beginning of the year.

Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been ahead of him in the pecking order. Of late, Phil Jones has also got the nod over him for a couple of games.

It won’t be a surprise if Bailly pushes for the exit door. United may also look to recoup funds from his transfer such that they can spend on another quality centre-back.

United have revived their interest in Villarreal’s Pau Torres. A swap deal with Bailly was talked about last summer, but the La Liga club are now eyeing a straight-cash deal.

Bailly may not be the only high-profile player heading for a summer exit. Incoming boss Eric ten Hag could urge the club to cash in on other players that don’t suit his philosophy.

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