ROMA have reportedly opened talks with Manchester United over a transfer for Eric Bailly.
But as reported previously, the defender is set to reject a reunion with Jose Mourinho in order to fight for his spot under Erik ten Hag.
Jose Mourinho wants a reunion with the centre-half at Roma[/caption]
Bailly and Mourinho worked together throughout the Portuguese’s two-and-a-half years as Old Trafford boss, with the £30million man his very first signing in 2016 from Villarreal.
The former Espanyol defender, 28, has racked up 113 appearances across all competitions and was part of the side that won the League Cup and Europa League under Mourinho in 2017.
Now the Special One is desperate to link-up with the Ivory Coast star again in Italy.
The Roma boss is keen to bolster the Europa Conference League winners’ back line and views Bailly as the ideal candidate.
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And it is thought Bailly could enjoy a similar reignition of his career that Chris Smalling has enjoyed at the Stadio Olimpico.
Sky Sport reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has now confirmed that Mourinho wants the United centre-back via Twitter.
And he claims that “talks are ongoing” between the two clubs over a potential transfer.
Bailly has struggled for both form and fitness over recent years and has dropped down the pecking order.
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And the arrival of Lisandro Martinez in a £57m deal seemed to only hinder his chances further.
However, with new boss Ten Hag in charge, he has given Bailly a chance in pre-season – and he has grasped it with both hands with a series of fine performances, potentially jumping above Victor Lindelof.
And therefore, Bailly is keen to stay put because he believes he still has a future at United.
United, though, are open to offers and could sell to help raise funds – with further reinforcements still needed before the transfer window closes.
Napoli have been chasing the Ivorian international, especially after losing stalwart Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea.