Why Eric Bailly to Tottenham would be right for all parties involved
According to Metro, Tottenham Hotspur will challenge Arsenal for the signing of Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly. The Ivorian has fallen out with United boss Jose Mourinho, which in turn has linked him with a move away from Old Trafford. (Metro)
The 24-year-old has been struggling to get regular game time this season. His performances haven’t been up to scratch as well. Wonder what percentage of that undoing is down to the manager not supporting the player. However, it was under Mourinho that the centre-back was bought, back in 2016 for £30m.
Bailly had to face a humiliation when he was subbed off after 18 minutes against Newcastle United last week. It is okay to understand the predicament of the manager looking to change things after going two goals down, but there were other bad defenders on the pitch that day. Hence, choosing the Ivorian probably marked the indifference between the two.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the 24-year-old leaves Manchester in the next window or thereafter. Spurs have now joined the race to sign him and here’s why it would be right for both parties.
Bailly to Tottenham would open the door for another transfer
We all are aware of the uncertain future of Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham. In the recent Football.London report, the Belgian is still trying to dodge the question of whether he will sign a new contract with the north London club.
It was no secret during the summer that Manchester United were interested in signing the 29-year-old. Therefore, the ideal deal for all parties involved here would be Bailly joining Tottenham and Alderweireld signing for United.
In any case, on the evidence of recent events, it is pretty hard to accept that Mourinho would provide many opportunities for the Ivorian. Hence, he should move out of that and play elsewhere. If that happens, the Red Devils should start searching for a centre-back. Alderweireld would be a brilliant choice.
If these deals take place in the near future, both clubs would snap their hands off. In Bailly, Spurs would get a quality defender if they lose Alderweireld. The latter can then move to Manchester United in a potential swap deal.