United in talks with Villarreal centre-back – reports

Date published: Sunday 5th June 2016 9:42

Eric Bailly: United leading the chase

Manchester United are leading the chase and reportedly in talks with Villarreal to sign central defender Eric Bailly.

The Carrusel Deportivo sports programme report that United want the Ivory Coast international and are close to concluding a deal for the player.

Bailly is not believed to have a buyout clause in his contract and he could cost in the region of £30million once all the performance-related clauses are taken into consideration.

Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG were also believed to be tracking the player, but City have fallen out of the running to sign the player as they focus their attention on Athletic Bilbao star Aymeric Laporte.

The Guardian claims United have offered £15million up front for Bailly and that the Yellow Submarine are willing to sell the defender to Jose Mourinho, putting them in pole position. They also report Leicester and Arsenal have registered an interest in the player, who signed for Villarreal from Espanyol for £4million in January 2015.

Bailly played 25 times for Villarreal in La Liga last season, and made seven Europa League appearances, scoring once. He played in his side’s 1-0 semi-final first-leg victory against Liverpool, but missed the second leg through injury.

The powerful centre-back has won 14 caps for Ivory Coast and helped Villarreal finish fourth in La Liga last season.

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