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Fulham set to sign Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly

Fulham Football Club has initiated discussions with Manchester United regarding the potential acquisition of Eric Bailly, the defender hailing from the Ivory Coast.

Bailly’s football journey took an intriguing turn last season as he embarked on a loan spell with Olympique Marseille. During this period, he showcased his skills in 17 matches, leaving an imprint on the French football scene.

Nonetheless, Bailly’s tenure at Manchester United has been marred by a series of fitness setbacks, a factor that has deterred several interested clubs from pursuing his services in the ongoing summer transfer window.

Eric Bailly
Eric Bailly

Despite the prevailing caution surrounding Bailly’s fitness history, reports from the reliable source, the Daily Mail, reveal that Fulham has taken a proactive step by formally approaching Manchester United with an inquiry regarding the availability of the center-half.

As matters stand, discussions between Eric Bailly and Manchester United are ongoing, with a notable twist. Bailly is reportedly in negotiations with the club regarding the possibility of a contract release. However, an intriguing facet of this negotiation is his demand for a substantial loyalty bonus amounting to £600,000.

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The impending resolution of Bailly’s contractual situation presents a compelling narrative, as Fulham’s interest in the dynamic defender underscores the potential he still holds, despite the recent challenges. While his fitness concerns might have dissuaded some suitors, Fulham’s proactive approach hints at the club’s belief in Bailly’s capabilities.


As the summer transfer saga unfolds, the future of Eric Bailly remains shrouded in uncertainty, with negotiations and decisions poised to shape his next chapter in the world of football.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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