AC Milan weighing up winter approach for Manchester United outcast

Serie A giants AC Milan are reportedly considering a winter approach for Eric Bailly, who has found first-team chances hard to come by under Jose Mourinho this term.

The Ivorian started the season as one of the first-choice centre-backs alongside Victor Lindelof but poor performance in the away fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion saw him dropped from the starting XI.

Thereafter, Bailly made a comeback during the month of September but his return was shortlived after being hauled off after just 19 minutes against Newcastle United, where the Red Devils were 2-0 down before they made a stunning come back to win 3-2.

Since then, Bailly has not featured for the Red Devils in any competition and ESPN FC reports that the versatile defender is fearful over his club future under the guidance of current boss Mourinho.

It is added that Milan are among the clubs monitoring the defender’s progress ahead of the winter period and they could seek to prise him away with Mourinho already looking into potential options to reinforce the backline.

Bailly and Lindelof were widely fancied to become the standard players at the heart of the United defence but there have been a number of occasions in the past where one has let the team down.

However, in the current campaign, Bailly has been the one who has looked out of sorts and the Brighton game was one such instance where his positioning went astray after conceding a needless penalty which eventually contributed to a 3-2 defeat.

At present, Bailly has just 20 months remaining on his existing deal and talks over a probable extension have seemingly stalled with the hierarchy yet to be convinced whether the Ivorian can stake claim for a regular role in the long run.

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