Bailly is close to completing a move worth in excess of £30m.

Jose Mourinho set to complete first signing as Manchester United manager

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Jose Mourinho is set to complete his first transfer as Manchester United boss, with Villarreal defender Eric Bailly close to sealing his £30.4 million switch to Old Trafford.

The Special One was confirmed as Manchester United manager in May, and there has been plenty of speculation about who he could bring on board in order to bolster his team's title charge.

Now it looks as though Bailly is the first man on board, and the Mirror say that deal was thrashed out between Manchester United and Villarreal over the weekend.

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The 22-year-old could cost in excess of £30 million if various terms and conditions are met, including appearance and trophy bonuses. He is due to have his medical later today and could be announced in the coming days if all goes to plan - potentially on Friday.

The 22-year-old Ivory Coast international was part of one of La Liga's finest defences last season, and helped his former club into the top four.

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Previously, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are believed to have shown an interest in the talented youngster - but it is Manchester United who have stolen a march on their rivals and sealed the deal.

The deal is superb business for Villarreal, who forked out just £4.4 million for Bailly in 2015 - as a replacement for Arsenal-bound Gabriel Paulista. 

Mourinho's work is far from done despite the strong start in landing a player before the European Championships begin. 

Reports in Spain yesterday claimed that he could be looking to sell up to 13 players, with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera potentially for the chop.

The former Chelsea boss is also said to be working on a deal for PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who he shares a close relationship with having worked together at Inter Milan.

It was speculated that the Swedish forward, who is now out of contract and is currently with Sweden at Euro 2016, was set to announce his move to Old Trafford today, however that proved to be false.

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