Manchester United set Eric Bailly asking price as Jose Mourinho looks to swoop

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    Eric Bailly is expected to leave Manchester United this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

    Jose Mourinho wants to bring Manchester United defender Eric Bailly to Roma this summer and he could do so for under £10m, according to reports.

    The 28-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and his first team opportunities look to be as few and far between as ever in the forthcoming season.

    Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and new signing Lisandro Martinez will all be picked ahead of the Ivorian in the middle of defence and Bailly looks likely to move on.

    Mourinho was in charge of United when Bailly arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 and played more in that first season under the Portuguese than in any other campaign since then.

    The Mirror report that the Roma boss could get his man for under £10m this summer as United look to clear out a number of fringe players under new manager Erik ten Hag.

    It would represent a huge loss on the defender who they paid around £30m for in 2016 and has made just 113 appearances for the club in all competitions in six seasons.

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    Jose Mourinho already has one former Manchester United centre-back in Chris Smalling (Picture: Getty Images)

    Ten Hag wants to make more additions to his first team squad before the start of the Premier League season and wants rid of a few players who he does not see as part of his plans.

    Bailly is one of these men who are surplus to requirements, along with the likes of Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Axel Tuanzebe.

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