Manchester United could receive an offer for Eric Bailly in the January transfer window.
The Northern Echo reports Newcastle United are keen on the centre-back as they look to strengthen.
Newcastle have just had their takeover approved and are expected to go on a spending spree.
The situation could present United with a chance to recoup much of the £30 million paid for Bailly in 2016.
There is no doubt that Bailly is worth the money in terms of ability. As far as his durability goes, the fact he only reached his 100th appearance for the club in his fifth season, should speak for itself.
Bailly has not played a single Premier League minute for United so far this season. So cashing in could be an opportunity which is too good to refuse.
United could be left short
By selling Bailly, United would be depriving themselves of the exact thing the defender offers: Cover.
As United’s fourth choice, United shouldn’t need Bailly too often, but there will be situations where we do.
One of those scenarios could now be upon us. Harry Maguire was joined in the injury room by Raphael Varane last night, who limped off for France.
Bailly will be needed and this is why United have kept him around.
If the plan was to sell Bailly mid-season, then Axel Tuanzebe would not have been sent out on loan.
With United hoping to battle for the title, selling Bailly mid-season could be a counter-productive move.
United would be left either relying on Phil Jones as fourth choice, or be forced into the transfer market.
So what is the best solution?
If Newcastle, or any other team, are serious about bidding for Bailly in January then they must be prepared to wait.
United must simply say that a deal will be sanctioned, but only when the season is over.
Tuanzebe will return from loan then, and while he may also wish to leave permanently, United could offer him Bailly’s spot in the squad, which was more than could be offered this season.
If both wish to leave to play more regularly, then United can look to the market, and there will be more options in the summer than mid-season.
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