Arsenal have emerged as possible suitors for Manchester United defender Bailly amid the player’s ongoing issues with manager Jose Mourinho.
The Ivory Coast international has started just two matches for the Red Devils since a torrid showing in their 3-2 Premier League win over Newcastle at the end of October.
As a result, transfer talk has arisen suggesting Bailly may be sold by Manchester United when the window reopens in January.
And Football London journalist Charles Watts has confirmed Arsenal’s interest.
However, he believes that any move in January will be difficult to pull off.
“A centre-back is a priority for Arsenal following the injury to Rob Holding,” he told Football London.
“Unai Emery even admitted this week that he would like to bring someone in during the window, if it were possible.
“But Emery said signing a new defender could be difficult and although Arsenal are interested in Bailly, it’s highly unlikely Arsenal could get a deal done for the 24-year-old.
“Not least because United would not want to sell to a rival.”
Meanwhile, David Seaman believes Emery still has to prove himself in the transfer market.
The Arsenal legend said: “Emery has got his players playing with confidence.
“That’s hugely important when you’ve got so many youngsters.
“But he still needs a couple of transfer windows to really put his stamp on that team – a lot of this side is still Arsene Wenger’s.
“But they’re playing well together, they’re playing with confidence and it’s great to see.
“Getting back into the top four would be a great season. It’s going to be tough.
“I think the top two are going to run away with it, and probably Manchester City will win it.
“But the next two places are going to be difficult, with us, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester United all in there.”