The Harry Maguire situation at Manchester United points to an interesting trend this transfer window. Be it for meeting Financial Fair Play restrictions or simply clearing the deadwood from the squad, it is evident that Erik ten Hag is keen on exits at the club. So far, the side have fared well with respect to confirmed and expected exits and some brave decisions have been taken.
The upcoming departures of the likes of Maguire and Fred certainly point in this solution as do the exits of some fringe players and academy graduates who simply could not be loaned out any further. A few names still do dot the roster and fans do seem ever curious to know whether or not any decision will be taken about their future.
This is certainly the case for one defender.
Eric Bailly to leave Manchester United for Besiktas
According to a report, Eric Bailly has attracted interest from Turkey amid being excluded from first team activities.
It is understood that Besiktas have agreed to a contract with the centre-back and that a termination of his present United deal is being worked out. It is important to place that at this point it is just an agreement of personal terms with the player and that all parties are now working towards the next step.
Bailly used to be a strong and recurrent part of United’s backline and was often a dynamic and exciting source of defensive prowess for the club. However, injury woes kept plaguing him from making an impact and the fitness challenge often proved too tough to escape.
Add to that the arrivals of Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez and there was never really any realistic place for the 29-year-old in the club’s squad. As such, this potential departure will be viewed as the best solution for all parties concerned.