Spanish club planning move for £30m-rated Man Utd star

Espanyol are plotting an ambitious move for Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly, who has not appeared for the Red Devils since the start of October, which is down to a mixture of tactical reasons and injury concerns, along with trust issues from Jose Mourinho.

The Ivorian defender has been utilised for a total of 21 minutes in the Premier League since starting Man United’s first two matches, with his most recent display seeing him hauled off at halftime with his team 2-0 down against Newcastle United.

Catalan publication Sport claims that the 24-year-old may now be offered an escape route by Spanish club Espanyol, who he started his professional career with four years ago.

The Periquitos are understood to lose key man Mario Hermoso to Champions League winners Real Madrid for around £13 million and want to put that money towards snapping up their former youth-team product.

Eric Bailly is one of many defenders in Manchester United who are considering summer exit from Old Trafford as Jose Mourinho has frozen out several other players and after the African centre-back has limited minutes, he reportedly is willing to leave the Premier League giants with Arsenal monitoring his situation closely.