former Villarreal defender Close In On Becomes Arsenal First Summer Signing

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Manchester United and Ivorian international center-back Eric Bailly is passing through a hard time at Old Trafford after falling out of favor with José Mourinho in recent weeks. The former Villarreal defender was a regular starter in the Portuguese squad until his unfortunate injury which ruled him out of action for months.

During his time on the sideline, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones developed a strong and reliable partnership which helped the team kept a couple of clean sheets.

After his rehabilitation process and his return to full-fitness, Eric hasn’t been given the opportunity to enjoy a regular appearance for the Red Devils as before, instead, he is now being overlooked by Mourinho in his starting lineup.

The 24-year-old strong and no-nonsense defender last feature for the Red Devils in their 1-0 victory over Manchester City last month and has since been fizzled out of the team.

As a result of his unhealthy relationship with José Mourinho, there are some rumors which claim that the Ivorian star is contemplating whether to leave Old Trafford this summer or to stay and reclaim his starting berth in the coming season.

Should he decides to leave the 19-time Premier League Champions, Chelsea and Arsenal are set to launch a bid for his signature. Both clubs were poor in their defensive abilities this season and they hope to bring a world-class defender to reinforce their respective clubs.

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