Eric Bailly

Manchester United ‘set deadline for Toby Alderweireld decision’

Manchester United will decide whether to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld by the end of next week, according to a report. Manchester United will reportedly decide whether to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld in this summer’s transfer window by the end of next week. Alderweireld’s current Tottenham deal runs until the end of the 2019-20 campaign. However, a £25m clause comes into effect this summer and United have been linked with a swoop for the Belgium international, who will line up for Spurs in Saturday’s Champions League final with Liverpool. According to The Sun, the Red Devils will decide next week whether to submit an offer for the 30-year-old, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could decide to snub a move and sti...

Eric Bailly ‘to be given Manchester United opportunity’

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly give Eric Bailly a chance to impress during pre-season. Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will reportedly give Eric Bailly a chance to impress during pre-season with the view to a regular role in the team during the new campaign. Bailly missed the latter stages of the 2018-19 season with a knee problem, which has also ruled him out of representing Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations. United, meanwhile, continue to be linked with a number of centre-backs as the club prepare to improve their defence in this summer’s transfer window. Bailly has also been linked with a move away from Old Trafford over the last few months. However, according to ESPN FC, the 25-year-old is in the plans of Solskjaer heading into pre-...

Manchester United fans vote for Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford

Sports Mole’s poll reveals that 95% of Manchester United fans want Alexis Sanchez to leave the club this summer, while a majority also want Paul Pogba out of Old Trafford. Manchester United‘s dismal 2018-19 campaign came to a fitting end when they were beaten at home by relegated Cardiff City on the final day of the campaign, by which point many fans were already looking ahead to a summer of change. The club’s previously bar-setting standards were not met on or off the field, leading to calls for a major summer overhaul which could involve allowing a number of high-profile players to leave the club. Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia have already announced that they are on their way out of Old Trafford, while the futures of a host of other players – from David de Ge...

Arsenal ‘have only £40m to spend if they miss out on Champions League’

Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s transfer budget will reportedly be determined by the result of this month’s Europa League final clash with Chelsea. Unai Emery will reportedly be given a budget of just £40m in the summer transfer window if Arsenal fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The Gunners missed out on a top-four finish in the Premier League but could still book a place in UEFA’s showpiece competition by beating Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29. According to BBC Sport reporter David Ornstein, Emery will receive a large windfall to strengthen his squad ahead of his second campaign in charge at the Emirates Stadium if Arsenal come out on top in Baku. However, defeat to the Blues and the Spaniard will have to make do with a ‘signific...

Manchester United ‘consider other targets after learning Kalidou Koulibaly price’

Manchester United could drop their interest in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly to pursue other centre-back targets, according to a report. Manchester United are reportedly ready to drop their interest in Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly after learning how much it will cost to sign the Senegal international this summer. Koulibaly has a release clause of £110m in his Napoli deal, and it is understood that the Italian giants will not consider offers of under £90m for the 27-year-old. According to The Independent, the Red Devils are not prepared to pay anywhere near that amount, and could therefore drop their interest to pursue other targets. Leicester City’s Harry Maguire has once again been linked with a move to Old Trafford, while the same report names Inter Milan’s Milan S...

Manchester United ‘make Kalidou Koulibaly top target’

Manchester United are determined to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, according to a report. Manchester United are reportedly determined to bring Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly to Old Trafford in this summer’s transfer window. A disappointing 2018-19 Premier League campaign saw the Red Devils finish sixth, which is expected to mean a busy transfer window for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side. A new centre-back is believed to be a priority, with the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof struggling for consistency this term. United have long been linked with a move for Koulibaly, and according to The Mirror, the Senegal international is the club’s ‘number one transfer target’ ahead of the summer window. The 27-...

Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Cardiff City

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester United’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Cardiff City. Manchester United play host to Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon unable to earn a top-four spot in the Premier League standings. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been hoping that back-to-back wins against Huddersfield and Cardiff would be enough to earn a spot in next season’s Champions League, but United were held to a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon. United can now only finish in fifth position, but they must see off their Welsh opponents and hope that Arsenal do not defeat Burnley at Turf Moor. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury and suspension news for the North-West giants ahead of the game at Old Traf...

Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Premier League meeting between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United. Manchester United take on Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon knowing that only victory will be enough to boost their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. Already-relegated Huddersfield head into their final home game of their stay in the Premier League looking to register just their fourth win of a dismal top-flight campaign. Huddersfield Town © Reuters Huddersfield have known for some time that they will be playing Championship football next season, but head coach Jan Siewert will want to see an improvement from his players before the end of the season. The Terriers hav...

Result: David de Gea howler gifts Chelsea point at Old Trafford

A David de Gea error gifts Chelsea a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford to dent the home side’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. David de Gea made a third costly goalkeeping error in the space of four games as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to top-four rivals Chelsea this afternoon. Juan Mata had given United a deserved first-half lead against his former employers in what had been dubbed a “must-win” match for the hosts, but De Gea’s mistake gifted an equaliser to Marcos Alonso as Chelsea boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification. The result leaves Maurizio Sarri‘s side still fourth in the table and two points above fifth-placed Arsenal, whereas United must overhaul a three-point deficit as w...

Eric Bailly keen to stay at Manchester United?

Defender Eric Bailly is reportedly keen to remain at Manchester United, despite struggling for appearances this season. Defender Eric Bailly has reportedly decided that he would like to remain at Manchester United. Bailly initially made a strong impact at Old Trafford, but the centre-back has only been used as a squad player for much of the last two seasons. That has resulted in speculation regarding his future, and it has been suggested that Arsenal are keen to complete the signing of the Ivory Coast international in the summer. However, according to the Manchester Evening News, Bailly is currently not entertaining the possibility of leaving United ahead of the next campaign. The 25-year-old has only made 15 outings in the Premier League and the Champions League this season, but it appear...

Preview: Manchester United vs. Chelsea – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Premier League meeting between Manchester United and Chelsea. Manchester United and Chelsea face off on Sunday afternoon in what could be a pivotal match in the battle for a top-four finish. Both sides are winless in two Premier League matches, but it is the Blues who sit in a healthier position as they occupy the final Champions League qualification spot, three points better off than their opponents. Manchester United © Reuters United’s 11-match unbeaten run to kick off the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era, 10 of those games ending in victory, now seems a long time ago. The Red Devils have badly tailed off and they are currently on their worst run of form in 57 years, having lost seven of their last nine ...

How Manchester United could line up against Chelsea

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up for Sunday’s Premier League showdown with top-four rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford. Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday knowing that they are running out of lives in a top-four race that no-one seems to want to win. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal have all dropped points during the run-in, but it is United’s slump which has been the most dramatic with seven defeats from their last nine games across all competitions – their worst run of form since 1962. Wednesday’s derby loss to Manchester City left them still three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, and anything other than a victory this weekend over the team they are trying to catch would leave them facing the prospect of Eu...

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