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Confirmed: Colossal statement of intent from Mourinho as Man United seal £30m La Liga star


While he’s no Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the lunchtime drinkers in the Transfer Tavern have been treated to a piece of history. Jose Mourinho has made his first signing in charge of Manchester United. 

As confirmed by their official website, the Red Devils have landed Villarreal defender Eric Bailly on a four-year deal, subject to a work permit.

The 22-year old only joined the Yellow Submarine in January of 2015, though has gone on to establish himself as a rock in the club’s rearguard.

An Ivory Coast international, he is one of the most promising central defenders in the European game, winning the African Cup of Nations with Les Éléphants. 

According to BBC Sport, the Manchester giants will pay £30m for the former Espanyol ace, who has 40 appearances in La Liga to his name.

The size of the deal will surely add further doubts over the long-term future of Daley Blind, previously a stalwart of Louis van Gaal, who has been linked with a move away.

Speaking of the deal, Mourinho said: ”Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around.”

“We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development.”

Will Bailly act as a replacement for Daley Blind? 

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