Signed from Villarreal for £30m in 2016, Bailly was hailed as a potential club legend before the ink dried on his contract. However, despite being his first signing, Jose Mourinho showed little faith in the Ivory Coast international this season as injury interrupted his progress.
Speculation surrounds his future with a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham both reportedly interested in signing him. However, it is La Liga high-fliers Sevilla which is the most promising pointer for the future.
Los Rojiblancos are keen to pursue a loan deal until the end of the season as they pursue a return to the Champions League. Part of Bailly’s appeal to the Andalusians is his eligibility for the Europa League. With a Round of 32 tie against Lazio awaiting, Sevilla are keen to strengthen their squad this winter to support the push on domestic and European fronts.
Bailly was sent off during the weekend’s 4 – 1 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford at a time when the club’s defence is stretched thin. Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United’s interim manager, is more forgiving than his predecessor will soon be found out by Bailly.