Manchester United leading bidding for $46 million Villarreal center back

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There’s a bidding war for Villarreal center back Eric Bertrand Bailly, and Manchester United just may be winning it.

The 22-year-old Ivorian with 15 caps stands 6-foot-1 and made 32 appearances across all competitions for the Europa League semifinalists this season.

Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also listed in the report as possible destinations for Bailly, a product of Espanyol.

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The signing would be Jose Mourinho’s first since taking the helm at United, and could set Bailly up with 26-year-old Chris Smalling.

We don’t know Mourinho’s plans, however, and the club did just ink and has Paddy McNairPhil Jones and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the pipeline amongst others.