MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – Manchester United are set to beat its rivals for the signature of Villarreal defender Eric Bailly, Sky Sports is reporting.
According to Sky sources, the English Premier League club is in talks with the Spanish club to sign Ivory Coast international, as manager Jose Mourinho looks to revamp is squad for the coming season.
But Manchester United are not the only club in the hunt for the centre-back, with Sky Sports News HQ reporting that arch rivals Manchester City and big spenders Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown interest in his signature.
Bailly doesn’t have a release clause in his current contract, but he could cost a transfer fee of around £30m, a figure that is being driven by the bidding war of the four top clubs.
The 22-year-old who is listed as a strong and pacey defender by the scouts, could very well be part of Jose Mourinho’s rebuilding plans for Manchester United.
Bailly, who has 14 international caps with the Ivory Coast is contracted to Villarreal until 2020.
The Red Devils have missed out on a Champions League place for the second time in three years, and Mourinho’s goal is to build a strong squad to challenge in all competitions.
LOZANO WANTED TOO?
Meanwhile, ESPN FC is reporting that the Red Devils are also interested in signing Mexico winger Hirving Lozano.
It is believed that the English Premier League club send scouts to watch the Lozano in Veracruz, Torreon and Guadalajara and have been impressed by his talents.
According to Andres Fassi, the vice president of the player’s club, Pachuca, several teams in Europe, including England, Spain, France, Italy and Germany, have strong interest in signing the left-side winger in the summer transfer window.
“There have been approaches. There will be time to focus on the future of Hirving Lozano,” Fassi was quoted as saying to Record MX.
“There is a situation of confidentiality for 30 days with 12 teams. “They are evaluating, looking at options, making plans, but I cannot say anything else.
“Three of the 12 teams are better placed, that is all we can say – due to the confidentiality clauses in place.”
“Pachuca, for several years, has a structure of great relationship with many teams in England, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Germany. Some agreements allow the players to go to Europe in the future.”
Lozano scored 12 goals and had 10 assists last season.