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Unai Emery has made Eric Bailly his top target to strengthen Arsenal’s leaky defence this summer and believes he can snap up the Manchester United defender for a cut-price fee.
The 25-year-old centre-back had a promising first season at the club under Jose Mourinho but soon lost his place, while he has also failed to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since the Norwegian took charge.
Despite United’s own problems at the back, Bailly has only started one Premier League match since the turn of the year and has not even made an appearance since the start of March.
But The Sun report that Emery is a huge fan of the Ivory Coast international and is ‘desperate’ to bring him in as part of a massive revamp of Arsenal’s back-line.
Emery has been an admirer of former Villarreal defender Bailly for some time, having faced off against him while in charge of Sevilla.
The north Londoners believe they will be able to get Bailly for a bargain price, with Solskjaer happy to sell and raise funds for incomings of his own.
Arsenal intend to open negotiations at £20million, which is significantly less than United paid to sign him back in 2016.
French side Lyon are also interested in Bailly and could rival the Gunners, with United preferring to sell aboard rather than strengthen a rival, while they have an existing relationship after selling Memphis Depay and Rafael in recent years.