Transfer spotlight: All you need to know about Manchester United target Eric Bailly

5 Jun

Manchester United look to be on the verge of making their first signing of the summer – and it’s not Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Villarreal defender Eric Bailly is in talks with the Old Trafford club as Jose Mourinho looks to bring in his first Manchester United signing.

But who is Eric Bailly? talkSPORT have the lowdown on the soon-to-be Red Devil.

Name: Eric Bertrand Bailly

Date of birth: 12/4/1994

Birthplace: Bingerville, Ivory Coast

Position: Centre back

Height: 1.87m (6 ft 1½ inches)

Club: Villarreal

International appearances: 15 (Ivory Coast)

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Who is he though?

Bailly can anywhere across the defence, but is a centre half by trade and fits the quick and strong mould Jose Mourinho looks for down the spine of his teams. At only 22, Bailly is still considered very raw and occasionally rash but he is not afraid to bring the ball out of defence and play a pass. He also a good reader of the game.

What’s the news?

The 22-year-old is set to become Mourinho’s first signing as Manchester United manager after the club made a £30m-move. Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have also scouted Bailly but it is the Red Devils who have tabled a bid of an initial £18m with an additional £12m in bonus payments. Bailly only joined the Yellow Submarine (yes, that is Villarreal’s nickname) in 2014 as a replacement for Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista.

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