Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

Newcastle United are still linked with a number of well-known players, the most recent being Manchester United midfielder Eric Bailly.

The northern echo reports that the new Newcastle owners are interested in bringing Ivory Coast to St James’ Park along with team-mate Jesse Lingard.

There will be signings in January where the club can spend up to £ 190m. And still stay within Financial Fair Play limits.

Would Bailly be interested?

Manchester United vs. West Ham United - Carabao Cup third round
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Despite signing a new contract at Old Trafford just six months ago, Bailly’s chances of getting regular playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjær have been significantly reduced following the signing of Raphael Varane.

The former Villarreal man is now in his fourth position under the Norwegian, and with the Red Devils out of the Carabao Cup, his chances of playing time have already been significantly reduced this season.

As Phil Jones works his way back to full fitness, the Red Devils may be tempted to make money on Bailly if the offer is right.

If Jones’ injury problems reappear, Solskjaer could recall Axel Tuanzebe on loan from Aston Villa or push the young Teden Mengi up to fourth-choice center-back.

Fitness issues with Bailly

Villarreal CF vs. Manchester United - UEFA Europa League final
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There is no denying that when Bailly is fit and available, he is one of the best defenders. But at the age of 27, his time at Old Trafford has been negatively impacted by injuries.

Through six seasons, he has played 107 times for the Red Devils, but since his first season in England, where he made 25 Premier League appearances, Bailly has not played more than 13 top-flight appearances in a campaign.

The new Newcastle owners will have players who are reliable and available immediately in January. If appropriate, Bailly could be away for a month with Ivory Coast from January to February in the African Cup of Nations.

Away from Old Trafford, Bailly could be the man to lead the Newcastle defense into the new era, and if a move is not sanctioned in January, it could be revisited in the summer, especially if Bailly’s playing conditions on the Red Devils do not drastically improve.

Bailly has won the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League with the Red Devils and the Africa Cup of Nations 2015 with the Ivory Coast.

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