Manchester United have been hit with a blow as Al Nassr’s move to sign defender Eric Bailly appears to be off.

United have spent big this summer as Andre Onana, Mason Mount and Rasmus Hojlund have come in for considerable cash.

Erik ten Hag is now looking to offload players with the likes of Anthony Elanga and Fred already moved on.

There have been problems of late though with Nottingham Forest signing goalkeeper Matt Turner instead of Dean Henderson.

West Ham United’s move for Harry Maguire has collapsed and now it’s fellow defender Eric Bailly whose proposed exit has been curtailed.

Eric Bailly move to Saudi Arabia scuppered

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth reports that Bailly is now unlikely to sign for Al Nassr.

A move to Saudi Arabia had been lined up as Cristiano Ronaldo had allegedly spoken to Bailly about joining him at Al Nassr.

However, Al Nassr have decided to turn their attention elsewhere by teeing up a deal for Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte.

The Spaniard is available this summer and looks set to leave City with Al Nassr now closing in on a deal.

That leaves Bailly to consider other options with United no doubt gutted that this potential exit has now collapsed just hours after Maguire’s move broke down too.

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Where else could Bailly go?

Sheth adds that Bailly did have an offer from Turkish side Besiktas but the Ivorian has decided not to make that move.

Claims in July suggested that Bailly was speaking to two Saudi Arabian clubs, so maybe there is hope that one of Al Nassr’s rivals can pounce.

Bailly previously impressed in Spain with Espanyol and Villarreal and maybe a La Liga team will come forward yet.

Bailly clearly has no future at United after spending last season on loan at Marseille and he is now into the final year of his contract.

United will be hoping that Bailly does move on but time is ticking with the transfer deadline drawing closer and closed.

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