Arsenal beat Tottenham to the signing of sturdy CB

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MANCHESTER UNITED defender Eric Bailly could be on his way to Arsenal, according to the bookies.

Reports emerged yesterday that the Gunners and their rivals Tottenham were interested in the centre-back.

And the Mirror claim Bailly could be ready to quit Old Trafford in January for a move.

The 24-year-old started the season for Manchester United but has since been dropped after a disastrous performance in the defeat to Brighton.

And bookies Coral think Bailly could well be on his way to the Emirates with odds of 5-2.

Tottenham are next at 4-1 with Spanish outfit Villarreal 6-1 to sign the defender.

AC Milan are 8-1 with PSV outsiders at 10-1 to secure the signature of Bailly.

“The betting suggests the two North London clubs could battle it out for Eric Bailly in January if the Dutch defender does leave Old Trafford,” said Coral’s John Hill.

Arsenal currently top the betting to land the Manchester United man as it would be no surprise if the two clubs were to put together another swap deal.”

United return to action in the Champions League tomorrow night when they take on Young Boys.

And another Red Devils centre-back, Chris Smalling, is looking forward to the challenge of playing on a 3G pitch.

He explained: “I have played on a 3G pitch for England against Lithuania a couple of times

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