Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is continuing to look at exit routes from Old Trafford.

Eric Bailly has had a very frustrating summer in his attempts to find a new club this summer.

Bailly, 29, is paying the price for a poor season out on loan at Marseille, where he was looking to prove a point to Manchester United, and put himself in the shop window.

Marseille chose not to take up a purchase option for Bailly, after he failed to play in the prerequisite number of games, missing matches due to injuries, suspension, and simply being overlooked by the end.

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Eric Bailly moves fall through

It looked last week as though Eric Bailly was set to clinch a move to Besiktas. Fabrizio Romano reported they had switched attentions elsewhere. Manager Senol Gunes had told Gazete Futbol he preferred not to sign a player who would be called up to the African Nations Cup.

A move to Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr to rejoin Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Telles had been floated too. This is now unlikely after the club struck a deal to sign City’s Aymeric Laporte.

Eric Bailly can now leave for free

With just a fortnight left of the transfer window, Manchester United have now made the decision to allow Eric Bailly to leave on a free transfer.

He remains under contract until 2024, however, United will not ask for a fee for the defender, it is claimed by RMC Sport.

The French outlet claims there is a chance for Bailly to stay in the Premier League, as Fulham have now emerged as an interested club.

There remains interest from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, however Besiktas are certainly ruled out.

Bailly needs a fresh start

Bailly is still an international quality defender who is a joy to watch, probably a bit more entertaining when he is not on your team giving you a panic.

A move to Fulham would be a nice solution, it would be fascinating to see how he fares at another Premier League club.

One way or another, he has to move on. There is no place for him at United, this was made clear by him being left out of all pre-season arrangements.

The decision to him leave on a free transfer is a further indication of the club trying to get rid of him, and also just trying to do the right thing, because no bids are forthcoming.

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