Mourinho makes Bailly first United signing

Mourinho makes Bailly first United signing

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Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly post for a photo after switching to Manchester United on Wednesday.PHOTO: COURTESY.

London, ENGLAND: English Premier League side Manchester United has confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly from Villarreal, on a four year deal subject to a work permit.

The 22-year-old Ivory Coast defender also has the option of a further two-year extension after finalizing a deal which is reported to be costing United up to £25m.

He becomes the first signing of new manager José Mourinho, who has high hopes for the centre-back.

Bailly made 47 appearances in the 16 months he was with Villarreal after joining from Espanyol in January last year.

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He has also won 15 caps for the Ivory Coast and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-winning side.

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