Reports broke of the transfer earlier today involving the English giants and the highly-rated Ivory Coast international.
But it came as a surprise to many, earning comparisons to the way news of Anthony Martial’s £36million move from AS Monaco broke last summer.
Like Martial, Bailly is relatively unknown outside of Spain and has only been with Villarreal for the last season and a half.
The 15-time Ivory Coast international hasn’t struggled to make an impact though as his strong performances helped his side to a fourth-placed finish in La Liga and the Europa League semi-finals.
United fans will tonight be left wondering exactly what they’re getting with Bailly – but this video should paint a pretty clear picture of the kind of player they could be signing.
The central defender is powerful and pacy, in a similar mould to Chelsea centre back Kurt Zouma, and he’s pretty confident on the ball too.
At just 22, he made 34 appearances in all competitions for Villarreal this season so Jose Mourinho should have had plenty of opportunities to cast his eye over the defender.
Here’s Bailly at his best this season – look out for the tackle on Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto at 2:07..
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Manchester United fans – what’s your reaction to targeting Bailly?