Manchester United are set to trigger an extension in the contract of defender Eric Bailly according to reports.
Bailly is out-of-contract next summer and could leave the club on a free transfer, with the 25-year-old able to negotiate with clubs from across Europe regarding a pre-contract agreement from the beginning of the January transfer window.
The Ivory Coast international is yet to feature this season as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury suffered against Tottenham in pre-season, the former Villarreal centre-back having endured an injury-plagued spell since moving to the Old Trafford three years ago.
Despite Bailly’s persistent injury problems, Manchester United are said to be ready to trigger a clause in the player’s contract that will extend his stay at the club for a further season at least.
According to the Sun, the club are not prepared to allow Bailly to leave for nothing having invested significant time and money into the player, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to reintegrate Bailly into the first-team squad once he has returned to full fitness.
Arsenal had been previously linked with a move for the player as they bid to bolster their defensive options, though United will secure his future with the extension of his £80,000-a-week contract in the coming weeks, with the option of a further years extension also open to them.