Jose Mourinho is looking to bring Manchester United defender Eric Bailly to Roma, but the Ivory Coast international is keen to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place
- Eric Bailly has struggled for game time due to injuries in the past few seasons
- He is now wanted at Roma, where he would join his ex-teammate Chris Smalling
- United are open to offers for the defender after signing Lisandro Martinez
- Hannibal Mejbri has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford on loan
Bailly has told United he wants to fight for his place after Napoli enquired earlier in the window.
However, United are open to offers as they look to offset their summer spend, including the £46m spent on defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.
Eric Bailly has struggled for game time due to injuries in the past few seasons
They may still need to spend more this summer, with uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future meaning United could be left short on forwards as they head into next season.
Bailly has made 113 appearances since joining Old Trafford in 2016, but has struggled to nail down a place and often been derided for his inconsistency.
He has been hampered by injuries in recent years, and failed to pass five league appearances in two of his last three seasons.
Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing the Ivory Coast defender to Roma
If Bailly was to move, the Ivory Coast international could join his former Manchester United teammate Chris Smalling, who has established himself as an important player at the Stadio Olimpico.
He was especially impressive in the Europa Conference League final last season, which Roma won.
United’s Tunisia international Hannibal Mejbri, 19, has a number of Championship clubs keen to take him on loan with West Brom, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Millwall among them.