AC Milan Targeting Manchester United Defender Eric Bailly

United Defender Eric Bailly
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There are two new centre-back options for AC Milan this January transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano. Manchester United defender Eric Bailly and Abdou Diallo of Paris Saint-Germain are the two names reportedly under consideration.

Bailly is one of the top names on Milan’s list, but only early approaches have been made thus far. Diallo is another option if PSG were to allow him to leave on loan.

AC Milan Chasing Manchester United Defender Eric Bailly

Why AC Milan Need Another Defender and How the Reported Options Would Fit In

Centre-back was formerly a position of strength for Milan. This was the case until respected Denmark international Simon Kjaer was ruled out for the season with an injury. This leaves Milan with Fikayo Tomori and Alessio Romagnoli as the experienced options and Matteo Gabbia and Pierre Kalulu as the inexperienced options. Tomori is always going to be the first name in Milan starting xi. Romagnoli remains captain but is inconsistent and injury-prone. Gabbia and Kalulu are solid prospects, but cannot be relied upon for a team competing for the Scudetto.

Bailly is certainly an intriguing option. He, of course, carries plenty of experience playing for a top club like Manchester United. Milan need players who have experience playing in top leagues and competitions. He’s also 27-years-old – making a permanent move an option if he settles in well. Furthermore, he’s a teammate of Franck Kessie on the Ivorian national team. Perhaps that can help Milan in their pursuit.

The reliable Gianluca Di Marzio reports that either signing would be targeted as an initial loan with Lille defender Sven Botman the main target, remaining so for the summer.

Abdou Diallo is another stopgap option. A dry loan still helps Milan this season in their pursuit for Serie A glory. They’ll still have a void to fill in the position over the summer, but centre-back depth is needed at the club right now.

 

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