Villareal’s chief executive Fernando Roig Nogueroles has confirmed Eric Bailly is free to join Manchester United so long as an agreement can be finalised between both clubs and the player himself.
The 22-year-old emerged over the weekend as a target for Jose Mourinho and after some accelerated developments, reports suggest a €35m fee has already been agreed.
Speaking about Bailly, Nogueroles made it clear the right amount of money would see Man United sign Bailly without any issues at all.
He said: “There is a team that is very interested and if the three parties agree there will be no problems.
“If the player wants to leave and Manchester are interested and pay, we will reach an agreement.”
As is the case in modern football, money talks and with a new bumper TV coming in this season as well as swathes of other sponsorship agreements including Adidas and Chevrolet, Jose Mourinho will have a big wedge of money to spend in the summer transfer window. By the sounds of it, he’ll be spending the first part of that on Bailly.
A new centre-back was widely considered to be one of United’s biggest priorities and Mourinho may well sign more than one of them to bring in an established defender alongside a younger player like Bailly, 22, to compliment Chris Smalling in defence with Daley Blind expected to go back into midfield if he doesn’t get sold.
With Euro 2016 starting on Friday, Mourinho will want to wrap up any deals as soon as he can and with Villareal openly willing to admit he can leave for the right price, all that is left to do is Ed Woodward to negotiate that figure.