Roma boss Jose Mourinho was knocked back by Arsenal in the January transfer window and is now targeting a reunion with his first signing at Manchester United
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Bailly was Mourinho’s first signing when he was United manager, costing £30m to bring in Villarreal in June 2016.
After a brilliant start, the defender has not been able to regain the form he showed in his first season at Old Trafford due to his inconsistent form and unfortunately injury.
Mourinho wants to loan Ivory Coast international, who just started six games across all competitions this semester, for the 2022-23 campaign with a purchase option.
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A month later, however, the Giallorossi were set to start for the 27-year-old again thanks to their manager’s desire to reunite in the Italian capital.
Mourinho has wanted to change his squad this season, repeatedly claiming that the players he has are not good enough to compete at the top. Series A.
In January, the 59-year-old man brought Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal – but that’s not his preferred midfield target, who plays his football at the Emirates.
Throughout 2021 summer transfer windowXhaka has been linked with a move to Roma as the Portuguese’s No 1 target, although the two clubs were unable to agree a deal.
And while they hope to sign Switzerland Captaining this upcoming summer, Bailly’s arrival looks more likely thanks to the pulling power Mourinho displayed six years ago to keep him from joining rivals City of Manchester.
“I was in Ivory Coast, I got a call from a Portuguese number, he introduced himself but at first I didn’t believe it,” Bailly revealed.
“Before I went to Man United, it was Man City who followed me. In my mind, I would go there. But then everything changed.
“It feels like Mourinho is the one who really wants me. He shows more interest, he calls me and that’s why I’m at Man United.
“Man City have contacted my agent, Barcelona I also spoke to my agent, but they weren’t as interested in me as Mourinho. He really pushed the move.
“Of course the club is important when you sign, but the manager is important. If a player feels like a manager wants you, wants to sign you, that gives you extra. motivation.”
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