On Thursday, the belief in Italy was that Manchester United had softened their stance regarding the possible exit of Eric Bailly.

The centre-back is currently with the Ivory Coast national team at the Africa Cup of Nations, meaning Ralf Rangnick is already having to make do without him, and seems happy to continue to do so going forward.

The news came from Gazzetta dello Sport, and the newspaper have a similar report on Friday, this time providing a little bit more detail.

It’s made clear that Manchester United ‘now seem more willing to negotiate the sale on loan’, although Milan, thinking about the future, ‘would like to add the right of redemption to be exercised in the summer’.

Bailly has been a bit part player for the Old Trafford side this season, appearing in just seven games in all competitions, with four of those being in the Premier League.

His latest start in that competition was the 3-1 win over Burnley, but he came off in the 66th minute with an injury to be replaced by Raphaël Varane.