The defensive department of the Real Betis squad needs quality additions this summer.
The latest reports in England suggest that Real Betis are willing to buy Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly.
The 27-year-old has been with United since 2016, having signed for the club from Villarreal for 38 million euros. The Ivory Coast international’s current deal expires in 2022.
The centre-back has featured in 15 matches this term, providing one assist in all competitions.
The 27-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Ivory Coast. His record for Ivory Coast is impressive. Bailly has scored two goals in 36 matches for Ivory Coast at senior level.
Eric Bailly is out of the picture at Manchester United, which has opened the door for a potential exit.
Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign a new centre-back and Bailly is one of the names at the top of his wishlist. He is a firm fan of Manchester United centre-back and Real Betis could make a move for the player if the financial aspect makes sense.
Betis are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The Manchester United centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third. Bailly has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini is interested in signing Manchester United defender Eric Bally. The Ivorian is not happy at United, as he is third choice behind Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof for a starting spot at centre-back. According toThe Sun, he will not sign a new deal at the club, as he has only made eight Premier League appearances this term. Bailly will have one year left on his deal this summer, and Spanish reports claim Betis are interested in signing him on a cut price deal. United would want roughly £13 million for Bailly, who could replace defender Aissa Mandi at Betis.”
TOP FOOTBALL TRANSFERS
If the Real Betis can tie up a cheap deal for the player, it may not be a bad signing by any means.
The Red Devils are preparing to sell their centre-back should they receive right offer for him.
Good signing for Real Betis?
If Bailly is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Betis.
A move to Real Betis is exactly what Bailly needs to reignite his career, and we hope he is able to do just that.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Betis.
The 27-year-old Ivory Coast international could be a very good squad player for Manuel Pellegrini over the next few years. He is at the peak of his career right now and Pellegrini could bring out the best in him.
It will be interesting to see whether Betis will make their move during the summer transfer window.
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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.