Report: Eric Bailly set for showdown talks as Pochettino targets Spurs reunion

Eric Bailly of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Brighton,...

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly could leave in January.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United gestures during the friendly match between Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

According to The Sun, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is set for talks over his future later this week as speculation over a move to Tottenham Hotspur continues.

Bailly, 24, was Jose Mourinho's first signing as Manchester United boss in 2016, luring him away from Villarreal in a deal worth around £30million having starred in Spain.

The Ivorian international has suffered some injury problems during his time at Old Trafford, and now find himself out of favour after a difficult start to the season.

 

Bailly has started just one league game since the end of August, and that came in the 3-2 win over Newcastle United, in which Bailly was substituted before half time.

The centre back appears to be edging towards the exit door, and The Sun report that Bailly will hold showdown talks with United this week in order to decide whether he will be moving on in January.

Tottenham are again linked with a move for Bailly, which is no great surprise as Bailly worked with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol, hailing his influence to The Mirror in 2017.

Eric Bailly of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Brighton,...

Spurs are looking for younger centre backs to eventually succeed Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, and Bailly would certainly bolster Pochettino's options, alongside Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth.

However, United are unlikely to be open to selling Bailly to a direct rival, and Tottenham face a battle to reunite Pochettino with Bailly – even if United do decide to let him go in January.

Mauricio Pochettino Manager of Tottenham Hotspur talks to the media during a press conference after the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and PSV at...

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