Having completed a £30m move to Old Trafford, all eyes are on centre-back Eric Bailly.
The Ivorian has enjoyed a meteoric rise in a matter of years, making his first team and La Liga debut for Espanyol in October 2014. Impressing at the Catalan club, Villareal came calling in January 2015 replacing the Arsenal bound Gabriel Paulista in a deal worth £4m.
Bailly showed much promise for The Yellow Submarines, and earlier this month the 22 year old completed a move to Manchester United, an incredible journey in just under 2 years.
Bailly comes to United as somewhat of an unknown entity but hand picked by new manager Jose Mourinho and talked up by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, there is some excitement about how the young defender develops.
When opining on Bailly, Hunter told a now legendary story of another young unknown Ivorian defender who made the jump to England and enjoyed success, with Kolo Toure becoming part of the ‘Invincibles’ as well as a title winner at Man City.
Toure made his name at Arsenal after wiping out Arsene Wenger with a robust challenge during training, the tackle helped Wenger make up his mind on the young Toure. Mourinho is already sold on Bailly so he can rest knowing that Bailly won’t be looking to take him out on the training pitch at Carrington.
But Toure himself has spoken on his country man Bailly and the player that Mourinho will be working with.
Speaking to Sport Ivoire, Toure said of Bailly, who made his international debut alongside Toure last year:
“We’re proud of Eric. We’re all very happy for his move to Manchester United.
“He’s a calm guy who works a lot, and today, this work has been noticed by one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
“It’s the whole country who’s honoured.”
Toure, 35, is currently at Liverpool but having been told that he will not be offered a new deal at Anfield is looking for a new club although some Liverpool fans have called for the defender to be given a coaching role at the club after becoming somewhat of a cult hero.