ARSENAL could be set to agree a shock transfer with Manchester United in the coming days.
Arsenal’s reported interest in Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could lead to a deal between the two clubs during the January transfer window.
According to Sky Sports man Dharmesh Sheth, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to deny that the Ivory Coast international could leave the club in January.
Sheth said on the Transfer Talk podcast: “This is an interesting one, isn’t it? Out of favour under Jose Mourinho, even though Jose Mourinho bought him.
“Solskjaer, when he was asked the question, he didn’t deny it did he?
“As soon as he got back in favour he played against Bournemouth and United were cruising in that game and he got sent off and he hasn’t played since.
“He was banned and he’s not been picked since.”
Bailly joined United from Villarreal in 2016 for a reported £30million, but has only made eight Premier League appearances this season after 38 in the last two seasons combined.
Arsenal have struggled with injuries this season, most recently with club captain Laurent Koscielny having to be withdrawn after a clash with Romelu Lukaku during the FA Cup defeat to United.
Sheth added: “Seems like there is some interest but you would have to ask, would United sell him to a rival?
“And, as I was mentioning before, I don’t think major decisions regarding arrivals and departures at Old Trafford will be decided until a permanent manager and new structure is in place.
“Eric Bailly is still under contract at Manchester United, I think they’ll probably wait until the summer until they decide on his future.”
The news comes after Emery claimed that Arsenal would be ‘in trouble’ if he decided to sign a centre-back in the next few days.
“We have enough players, centre-backs in the squad,” he said.
“Only we’re having a lot of injuries and a lot in this position.
“If we can bring another player and when all the players want to play, we can have a lot of trouble in the future.”