‘Deal Already Completed’: Manchester United ‘Immense’ 113-Appearance Star to Seal Loan Exit – Romano

Eric Bailly

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is now all set to join Marseille on loan with Fabrizio Romano stating the ‘deal is already completed’. The Ivorian centre-back is no longer needed at Old Trafford after the arrival of Lisandro Martinez from Ajax.

Manchester United Set to Send Eric Bailly on Loan to Marseille

Bailly Said Farewell to Manchester United Teammates Before France Trip

The 28-year-old centre-back has already agreed personal terms with the Ligue 1 side and has fulfilled some personal commitments before joining them. Bailly travelled to the Carrington training facility to say goodbyes to his United teammates yesterday, being quite a popular figure in the dressing room.

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The Ivorian defender is now undergoing a medical with Marseille to complete his move to the French side. After having last made an appearance in United’s pre-season campaign, the centre-back is craving regular playing time and will look to make a name for himself in the French top-flight.

Details of Bailly’s Move to Marseille Revealed

The Manchester side has agreed a deal with Marseille to send Bailly out on loan, but it won’t be a straight loan deal. There is a clause included that will make it obligatory for the French side to sign the centre-back on a permanent basis next year if he is able to help them qualify for the 2023/24 Champions League campaign.

The Ivorian centre-back had a really solid pre-season tour with the Red Devils, putting in some impressive performances that even won over supporters. However, with Erik ten Hag opting to bring in Martinez from his former side Ajax, there is just no space for Bailly to continue at Old Trafford.

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Moreover, his poor injury record, which has seen him suffer over 15 injuries since 2016, is a problem. Bailly has only been able to make 113 appearances for United since joining from Villarreal under Jose Mourinho and that is a pretty poor record to have for a centre-back. The defender, who was dubbed as ‘immense’ by former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 2020/21 season, will hope to improve his fitness levels and prove his quality as a top defender for Marseille.