Manchester United have begun negotiations on a new contract for Eric Bailly.

According to The Mirror, Eric Bailly is in line for a new contract at United.

The Ivory Coast international is currently out injured, and may not be available until after the new year.

He suffered medial knee ligament damage during a preseason game on the clubs tour of Austalia and the Far East.

The central defender’s current deal is rumoured to be worth 120,000 pounds a week and expires next summer.

While he has struggled with both form and injuries since his arrival, he is thought to be considered a player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to keep.

To the power brokers more important than that, is the 26 million pound fee they paid Valencia for him.

The idea of a player that is only 25 years of age walking away on a free is not something they want to even consider.

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Arsenal’s conducted a very public hunt for new centre-backs this summer. Bailly was one of those rumoured to be on their wanted list, until his injury.

There has been talk of a two-year option to extend on his contract, but nothing about those details has been confirmed.

When fit he is considered the first choice back up to Lindelof and Maguire.

A club source said:

“The club want Eric to stay and are looking for talks about an extension.”

“We don’t want to lose him on a free transfer next summer. It’s just down to both parties agreeing to everything.”

“His injury record isn’t a major concern for us. We just think he has been unlucky with everyone over the last few years.”

“Ole is a fan of the player and we’re going to convince him to stay, at least that is the plan at present.”

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 17: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manager of Manchester United talks with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly as players walk from the field at half time during a pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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