Report: £30m United defender prefers a return to Spain over Italian move

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Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly has a preference to join Sevilla instead of moving to Italy, according to The Sun.

Erik ten Hag has already deemed Bailly to be surplus for requirements (Daily Mail) despite the central defender’s impressive pre-season campaign.

The centre-half initially wanted to stay and fight for a spot but has changed his mind following Lisandro Martinez’s arrival from Ajax for £57million (BBC).

Bailly has offers from Sevilla as well as AC Milan and AS Roma, however, the Ivorian is said to prefer a move to the La Liga side this summer, having previously played in Spain for Villarreal prior to his £30m switch to United back in 2016 (BBC).

He is currently engaged in conversations with Julen Lopetegui’s side even if he has an opportunity to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who signed him when he was the manager at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are plotting to make some sales in this transfer window, and Bailly is one of the players who appears to be on the way out. With two more years left in his current contract, they have a fair shot at raising a decent fee for the 28-year-old who has proven his worth recently.

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Bailly’s impressive displays in the pre-season friendlies could not come at a perfect time as the Manchester side can demand a decent fee for his services. They are handed more boost by the fact that the centre-half is expected to choose the Spanish club as his next destination.

That is because Blanquirrojos could give a much more cash boost, unlike Milan or Roma at this moment. After all, Sevilla have received £26million (GOAL) and £45million (Metro) from Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde’s sale to Aston Villa and Barcelona, respectively.

Lopetegui is desperate for centre-back additions after losing two of their starting central defenders this summer. They have a huge sum in hand to spend right now, which Erik ten Hag’s team could take advantage of by slapping a solid price tag for Bailly’s signature.

Taking such a stance can be deemed reasonable considering how Bailly is on the radar of several top European sides. The demand, coupled with his recent displays, would certainly provide enough negotiating power to United when it comes to asking for a decent fee.