The Ivory Coast international is surplus to requirements at Man United (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has made Eric Bailly his top target to strengthen Arsenal’s leaky defence this summer and believes he can snap up the Manchester United defender for a cut-price fee.The 25-year-old centre-back had a promising first season at the club under Jose Mourinho but soon lost his place, while he has also failed to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since the Norwegian took charge.Despite United’s own problems at the back, Bailly has only started one Premier League match since the turn of the year and has not even made an appearance since the start of March. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Apr 2019 11:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link386Shares Comment Emery has been frustrated by Arsenal’s defending and wants reinforcements (Picture: Getty)But The Sun report that Emery is a huge fan of the Ivory Coast international and is ‘desperate’ to bring him in as part of a massive revamp of Arsenal’s back-line.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners were once again ripped apart against Wolves, with the hosts scoring three times in a ruthless first half to dent Arsenal’s top-four hopes.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery has been an admirer of former Villarreal defender Bailly for some time, having faced off against him while in charge of Sevilla.The north Londoners believe they will be able to get Bailly for a bargain price, with Solskjaer happy to sell and raise funds for incomings of his own. Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery wants to sign Eric Bailly in massive revamp of Arsenal defence Bailly has failed to win over Solskjaer and will be allowed to leave the club (Picture: Getty)Arsenal intend to open negotiations at £20million, which is significantly less than United paid to sign him back in 2016.French side Lyon are also interested in Bailly and could rival the Gunners, with United preferring to sell aboard rather than strengthen a rival, while they have an existing relationship after selling Memphis Depay and Rafael in recent years.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors
The coach of the National U-21 female Hockey team Ben Odametey says the performance of the both the male and female national teams in the just ended hockey tourney in South Africa should spur government on to provide the necessary infrastructure to propel the sports forward.According to him, the performance of the female side who are now ranked 2nd on the continent is ample evidence that given the right support and infrastructure, the team could compete with the very best on the continent.He expressed his misgivings at the lack of quality astro turfs to nurse the next generation of hockey stars.Coach Odamtten was speaking to Joy Sports on the prospects of team Ghana and the need for governmental support.“As you know, the female team is currently ranked second on the continent even with the meager resources available to us. We have strived to get to the very top through hard work but that alone is not enough. A certain level of governmental support will do us a world of good. As a nation, we have only one astro turf which is not good enough. The sad thing is it is located in the southern sector thus people who are interested in the sport in other regions rarely get to benefit in anyway. We pray the government comes to our aid in this regard so that we can also compete with the South Africans and beyond.”The female hockey team came out tops in the just ended hockey U-21 Championship which ended in South Africa a couple of days ago.