ERIC BAILLY will start Manchester United’s summer clear-out – with a move lined up to Arsenal.
The Ivory Coast centre-back, 25, has not played since the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain when he was subbed before half-time.
And the £30million signing is set to end his three-year stay at Old Trafford by moving to the Emirates as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer starts rebuilding United’s squad.
Unai Emery has been an admirer of the ex-Villarreal defender after facing him in La Liga while coaching Sevilla.
United are likely to take a hit on the fee they paid in 2016 as Bailly has just one full season on his United contract, with Arsenal set to start negotiations at £20m.
But he is still in the price range for the centre-back Emery wants to bolster his defence.
Solskjaer is assessing which players he wants in his first full season as manager.
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United will also look at making a loss on Alexis Sanchez, while Romelu Lukaku’s agent has admitted the Belgian’s future is unclear.
Lukaku has hinted at a move to Serie A, saying: “Playing in Serie A is a dream, it would be really a dream.
“I hope to be able to play sooner or later, even if at the moment I am focused on United.”
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are looking to take on Sanchez – if the flop forward lowers his crazy wage demands.
Elsewhere, Solskjaer is braced for a summer transfer saga with Paris Saint-Germain over David De Gea.
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United believe the Spanish keeper’s head has been turned by PSG, who will pay the £350,000-a-week wages he cannot land at Old Trafford.
There are fears at United the 28-year-old will get to the French giants when they pile the pressure on with a bid at the end of the season.
De Gea has just one season left on his contract and a £60m offer will ramp up the pressure to accept – or lose him for nothing within a year.