Villarreal chief-executive Fernando Roig has said in an interview to Spanish paper Marca that the club wouldn’t stand in Eric Bailly’s way, if Manchester United match their asking price for the centre-back.
“There is a team that is very interested and if the three parties agree there will be no problems,” he told Marca.
“If the player wants to leave and Manchester are interested and pay, we will reach an agreement.”
22-year-old Bailly has been heavily linked with a move to United over the last few days, with most English and Spanish media agreeing that the deal’s completion is only a matter of time.
It seems like the Ivory Coast international is one of Mourinho’s top summer targets and judging by Roig’s comments, the likelihood of the transfer materializing is quite high.
If United manage to sign Bailly, they’d get one of the most highly-rated young defenders in European football.
The former Espanyol player is not the finished article yet, as he’s still got plenty of developing to do. However, he showed enough quality and consistency in his performances last season to justify Manchester United’s reported interest.
Bailly’s got his whole career ahead of him, but he should still be able to make an immediate mark in United’s team and could form a formidable partnership with Smalling.