Eric Bailly to Manchester United: Villarreal have 'no problems' with defender's move to Old Trafford

The 22-year-old is expected to become Jose Mourinho's first defensive signing since his appointment as United's new manager

Mark Critchley
Monday 06 June 2016 10:50
Bailly, left, challenging Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa
Bailly, left, challenging Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa

Villarreal are willing to let Eric Bailly leave for Manchester United and will not stand in the player’s way, provided that the price is right.

The 22-year-old defender is believed to be a target for Jose Mourinho, who is preparing to rebuild United’s squad having been appointed as the club’s new manager last month.

Bailly, who has also caught the eye of Arsenal, Leicester City and Paris Saint-Germain, would provide competition for Chris Smalling and Daley Blind in the centre of United’s backline.

Fernando Roig, Villarreal’s chairman and owner, has now reportedly told journalists in Spain that the club would not stand in the Ivory Coast international’s way if he desires to leave.

"There is a team that is very interested and if the three parties agree there will be no problems,” he told Marca.

“If the player wants to leave and Manchester want to pay, we will reach an agreement.”

Bailly joined Villarreal from Espanyol in January 2015 as a replacement for Gabriel, who had been signed by Arsenal.

The defender appeared for El Submarino Amarillo in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Liverpool this season, but missed the return fixture with a thigh injury.

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