Manchester United flop could become Arsenal’s first signing as Mourinho wants deal done

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Manchester United flop Eric Bailly is reportedly wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Ivory Coast international has struggled for games this season, starting just three times in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s search for central defensive reinforcements continues. The United boss was frustrated after the club failed to sign a centre-back in the summer but, with more funds presumably available in January, Mourinho is keen to add quality and experience to his back-line.

According to the Daily Record, Napoli’s Koulibaly is his chief transfer target. The Senegal international penned a new deal with the Partenopei in the summer, however, meaning United would have to part with a significant sum to sign the 27-year-old.

Mourinho has finally decided how to plug his leaky defence – by spending £88m on Napoli centre-back Koulibaly.

According to Metro the beleaguered United boss has “specifically requested” the signing of Koulibaly in January.

“The 27-year-old has established himself at the heart of Napoli’s defence with his impressive performances and has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona,” says the paper, which adds that the Senegal international is valued at £88m by his Italian club.


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