Jose Mourinho has completed his first signing as a Manchester United manager with the signing of Ivorian international Eric Bertrand Bailly from Villarreal CF, subject to successfully obtaining a work permit.
Eric joins the Red Devils on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.
The 22-year-old played 47 times for the yellow submarines since joining on 29 January 2015.
Bailly told ManUtd.com : “It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.
“I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club. I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life.”
An absolutely delighted manager, Jose Mourinho said: “Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around.
“We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development.”
Bailly has made 15 appearances for Ivory Coast and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team.