Man Utd defender 'close' to shock Ronaldo reunion as Leicester City eye Red Devils midfielder

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Two United players have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford as Erik ten Hag looks to create space for new signings in his squad.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is reportedly closing in on a shock move to Saudi Pro-League club Al-Nassr.

Goal journalist Marc Mechenoua has claimed talks over a deal to take the Ivory Coast international to Al-Nassr are ‘progressing well’ and has suggested the defender is ‘getting closer’ to a surprise reunion with former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Bailly’s contract will expire in 2024 and he is likely to be surplus to requirements when he returns from his loan spell with Marseille this summer.Bailly’s contract will expire in 2024 and he is likely to be surplus to requirements when he returns from his loan spell with Marseille this summer.
Bailly’s contract will expire in 2024 and he is likely to be surplus to requirements when he returns from his loan spell with Marseille this summer. | Getty Images

Bailly is believed to be one of a number of players Erik ten Hag is willing to part company with during the summer transfer window as he continues his rebuild of the Red Devils squad. The 29-year-old has made over a century of appearances for United since he joined the club from La Liga side Villarreal in a £33million move during the summer of 2016.

He was part of the United side that won the EFL Cup and Europa League during his first year at Old Trafford - but that proved to be the highlights as he found his way to regular first-team game-time blocked by an ongoing battle with injuries and several new additions to the defensive ranks at Old Trafford.

Bailly has spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 club Marseille and made 23 appearances in all competitions but he now looks to be heading for a more permanent departure and an unexpected reunion with Ronaldo.

Championship newcomers show ‘interest’ in United midfielder

Leicester City are reportedly one of three Championship clubs that are keen on a move for United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri.

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The Tunisia international spent last season on loan at Birmingham City and made a major impact by making 41 appearances in all competitions for the Blues. A report by Tunisian outlet NoussourTN has now claimed Leicester are keen to land the 20-year-old on loan for the upcoming season - but face competition from Premier League newcomers Luton Town and another unnamed club.

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