Over the last few seasons, Manchester United have started adding one-year extension clauses into new player contracts. On several occasions already, it has saved the Red Devils from losing some prized assets for no transfer fee.
Well, it seems as though a similar situation is set to unfold again. This time around in regards to Eric Bailly.
That’s according to The Sun, who writes that United are set to trigger the extension clause in the 25-year-old’s contract, to stop him leaving on a free transfer next summer.
Bailly, who earns £80,000-a-week, has played 50 games for the Red Devils in his three-year stint. After a promising start, the injuries started mounting.
On pre-season tour, the Ivorian was hit with his worst problem yet – knee ligament damage, ruling him out for the rest of 2019.
Now, though, United aren’t prepared to let Bailly walk away for nothing next summer, and they’re going to protect their asset by triggering an option to extend his deal by a further twelve months.
It’s a shame because during his debut campaign, Bailly was absolutely brilliant. It has all gone rapidly downhill since then – with the centre-back seemingly struggling to make a full recovery.
For me, Bailly deserves one more crack at the whip. Don’t be surprised to see him sold in the summer if he cannot make an impact in the second half of the 2019/20 season, mind…