Eric Bailly Has Agreed To Join Serie A Club In The January Transfer Window

Manchester United's Eric Bailly.

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Eric Bailly has agreed to a move to AC Milan in the January transfer window.

Stefano Pioli’s side are in search for a new centre-back to cover for injured Simon Kjaer. The Denmark international is out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Serie A giants admire Bailly’s profile, and have already struck an agreement with the Ivorian for the transfer.

They’ve also held productive talks with Manchester United, and are making their final evaluations over a potential loan deal in January.

Bailly isn’t a regular feature in United’s backline, but is an important squad player. The 27-year-old, who is currently with the Ivory Coast squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, was recalled to the starting XI in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win over Burnley after the center-back pairing of Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire struggled against Newcastle United.

However, Bailly isn’t happy with his role as fourth-choice centre-back at United, and would welcome the opportunity to lead Milan’s defence and challenge Inter for the Scudetto.

If Milan manage to thrash out a deal for Bailly, he will become the second United centre-back to move to Serie A this month after Axel Tuanzebe also sealed a six month loan switch to Napoli earlier in the window.