Eric Bailly protracted transfer battle sparks compromise as Man Utd move accepts AC Milan move

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has ‘said yes’ to a proposed exit this month, though the Red Devils’ stringent demands could yet scupper a deal, per a report.

The centre-half, 27, does not appear to be in interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s immediate plans. Bailly is behind Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the pecking order. The return to first-tream action of Phil Jones has placed another obstacle in Bailly’s way.

Various reports have revealed Bailly’s unhappiness with his situation at Old Trafford over the last few months. He was named by the Daily Mirror as one of a number of stars seeking an imminent exit from their United nightmares. 

Prior to that, Bailly was named in November by the Telegraph as one star who had ‘openly challenged’ former boss Solskjaer in the dressing room.

As such, talk of a loan exit to AC Milan had begun to ramp up. The Rossoneri are eyeing January reinforcements following Simon Kjaer’s season-ending injury.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano recently confirmed Milan’s interest in a loan switch. He added that talks had been opened, but a final decision was yet to be made.

Not Italian outlet Tuttosport (via Sport Witness) has provided a fresh update on proceedings.

Eric Bailly on board with AC Milan switch

They state Bailly ‘says yes’ to the proposed move, though that does not mean a deal is straightforward.

Milan are determined to avoid being ‘entangled in skirmishes’ with United. Their stern demands have previously seen loan deals for Diogo Dalot to AC last summer and Anthony Martial to Sevilla this month fall through.

As such, a straight loan deal is now being lined up by Milan without an option or obligation to buy included. A loan with an option to buy – as Milan expertly negotiated with ex-Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori last year – was speculated to be their preference.

Nonetheless, United are reportedly determined to ‘collect as much money as possible immediately’. That would likely come in the form of a loan fee and Milan subsidising a large chunk of Bailly’s wage.

That leaves the move in a state of flux with Milan requiring good grace from United before…

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