Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a move for Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.
The Italian manager well and truly knows the task at hand at Spurs following their embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Slovenian minnows NS Mura – the lowest ranked side in the Europa Conference League.
It’s said that upgrading Spurs’ current options in central defence is viewed as a priority by Conte
Antonio Conte is thought to be keen to bolster the Spurs rearguard and has been tipped to bring both Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij to the club from Inter Milan.
Man United outcast Bailly is now rumoured to be a potential target, with journalist Duncan Castles telling the Transfer Window Podcast: “One of the individuals they’re in discussion about, although as I understand it no offer has been made at this point, is Manchester United player Eric Bailly.
“He’s someone who Conte likes and was looking at as a possible recruit at Inter. He is obviously one of the players who got the roughest handling from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, extremely unhappy with the way he was treated by Solskjaer, felt that it was ridiculous that Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were continually selected ahead of him, almost regardless of what they did on the pitch.
“It’s not as straightforward now because Solskjaer’s gone. Bailly is not pushing for a move away, he wants to prove himself at Manchester United, he looks at the players there and believes he is better than at least two of the regular starting centre-backs and now will see if he can get the opportunity under a new coach.”
Bailly is out-of-favour at Manchester United, despite the Red Devils leaking goals for fun in recent humiliating defeats to Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford.
The 27-year-old has become frustrated with his situation at Old Trafford and it was reported that he ‘openly challenged’ former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for choosing Harry Maguire ahead of him – despite the United captain’s lack of fitness.
Since joining from Villarreal for £30m in 2016, Bailly has made 109 appearances for the club, though he has been plagued with injuries.
And His only Premier League start this season came in the 2-0 defeat in the Manchester derby, where he was replaced at half-time.
The former Villarreal man has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football this term and is not due to become a free agent until 2024.