Man Utd star Eric Bailly shock transfer target for Tottenham as Antonio Conte plots for two new center-backs

ANTONIO CONTE would see Eric Bailly as an “option” to help bolster his Tottenham defense.

Tale wants two new center-backs to consolidate things at the back, and could sanction a shock decision in January for the Manchester United man.

Bailly has only played 225 minutes of action in all competitions this season


Bailly has only played 225 minutes of action in all competitions this seasonCredit: EPA

In disgrace Bailly had limited playtime this campaign, and according to journalist Duncan Castles on The transfer window podcast, he could be one of the two central defenders targeted by Conte.

The new boss is eager to bring new faces to Tottenham and could potentially offer Bailly a getaway to Old Trafford.

The Italian Conte would have liked to sign Bailly while managing Inter, and remains a fan of the 27-year-old.

However, a concrete offer has not yet been submitted.

Conte is targeting not one, but two new center-backs in January to fit into his roster of five-defenders.

Japhet Tanganga and Ben Davies have teamed up with Eric Dier for the 2-1 win over Leeds as part of a makeshift backline.

With Cristian Romero’s hamstring injury potentially serious, defensive reinforcements are a priority for Conte in January.

Bailly has only played 45 minutes in the Premier League this campaign and 17 league appearances in the last three seasons.


But despite his lack of action, Bailly is not desperate to leave the club and is keen to prove himself under the new manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.

Bailly’s only Prem action this season was the first half of the 2-0 derby loss to Manchester City, during which he scored a goal against his comedic camp.

This is despite the departure of the central defender Raphaël Varane injured, with Victor Lindelof remaining the first choice deputy on Bailly.

The Ivorian international was also angry that he did not start the away game against Leicester.

A not 100% adjustment Harry maguire was fired from injury after just one training session and preferred Bailly.

He joined United from Villarreal in 2016 for £ 34million, but has only played 109 times in five years at the club.

And despite his contract until the summer of 2024, his time at Old Trafford could be coming to an end.

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