Eric Bailly set to sign for United .

Eric Bailly produced two brilliant moments against Cristiano Ronaldo

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Villarreal defender Eric Bailly looks set to become Jose Mourinho's first signing as Manchester United manager. 

The BBC report that terms are thought to have been agreed with the Ivory Coast international, who will cost the club around £30 million. 

The Red Devils had one of the best defensive records in the Premier League last season, but it appears that Mourinho is intent on changing the dynamic of his back-line. 


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But what will he get from Bailly, who could partner Chris Smalling at the heart of the club's defence next season? 

Well, Bailly only completed a move to Villarreal in January 2015 and quickly established himself as a key man for the club. 

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Bailly could be a star 

Indeed, at just 22-years-old, he has played 35 games for Villarreal in La Liga and has quickly impressed with his powerful presence. 

He's also strong in the tackle and quick to the ball, so it's safe to say that he won't be put off by the physical demands of the Premier League. 

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It's certainly clear to see why Mourinho likes the look of Bailly, who could prove a fine asset for the club over many years. 

The majority of United fans may not have seen the defender play on too many occasions, but a couple of his fine moments against Real Madrid - and most notably Cristiano Ronaldo - prove just what he has to offer. 

Here's what he can do 

As you can see in the video below (skip to 1:56), Bailly produced a couple of fine moments against the Portuguese superstar. 

The first was rather special; he initially barged his way past Pepe before sprinting down the line and turning Ronaldo in style. There's also a clip of him ruthlessly taking down Ronaldo with an inch-perfect tackle. 

Of course, these are just a couple of highlights - it doesn't necessarily mean that he's going to be a superstar - but United fans should be getting excited nonetheless. 

Watch the video here: 

Zlatan to arrive? 

While it appears that Bailly will become Mourinho's first signing at the Theatre of Dreams, United fans will also be hoping to see enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrive sooner rather than later. 

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Ibrahimovic, 34, may well be approaching the latter stages of his career, but he is still recognised as one of the leading strikers in world football and would represent a fine coup for the club. 

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