United turn down Gunners
Manchester United have rejected Arsenal's attempts to sign Eric Bailly on loan for the rest of the season, reports have said.
Bailly is struggling for first-team action as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has favoured a centre-back partnership of Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones since taking charge.
The Gunners have long been linked with a move for Bailly and reports claim they approached United in the hope they would allow a loan deal for the remainder of the campaign.
However, the Reds have no intention of aiding a club who are also battling to make the top four and have subsequently ruled out a move.
Arsenal still need a replacement for Rob Holding, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season, but they are only in the market for loan deals in this latest window.
United could be open to the idea of Bailly moving abroad or to a club lower down the Premier League, but a switch to the Emirates is not going to happen.
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