Manchester United defender Eric Bailly poised to become latest client of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency
- Eric Bailly is poised to become the newest client of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports
- The Manchester United defender is seemingly looking for new representation
- Five years ago Jay-Z branched out to create the sports agency and has 69 clients
- The Ivorian is slipping down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho at United
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is poised to become the newest client of Roc Nation Sports, the talent agency owned by global superstar rapper Jay-Z.
The Ivorian is reportedly seeking new representation as his future at Old Trafford remains in doubt after slipping down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.
According to The Mirror, Bailly’s deal with Roc Nation will be officially announced next week as he joins the agency’s growing list of clients within football.
Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is poised to join Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports agency
Jay-Z started as a rapper but has built a business empire under the Roc Nation brand
Five years ago Jay-Z branched out to create the sports agency, where he is now making millions as an agent. He boasts a clientele from the NFL, MLB and NBA but has also teamed up with Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng and recently United striker Romelu Lukaku.
The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has created a business empire containing a host of businesses in his hometown of New York, including a record label, a fashion label, music-streaming service Tidal, a champagne brand and much more.
The agency has grown fast though: it was ranked No 33 in Forbes’ list of the most powerful sports agencies in September 2017 after generating $21.8million (£16.9m) from commissions, with $906m (£708) worth of contracts in its books.
The American rapper has already signed United’s Romelu Lukaku among others to his stable
Bayern Munich and Germany defender Jerome Boateng is one of his few football clients so far
JAY-Z’S CURRENT CLIENTS
Boxing: Andre Ward (retired), Darmani Rock, John Bauza, Junior Younan, Maurice Hooker, Meng Fanlong, Tramaine Williams, Tyler McCreary, Wellington Romero, Zhang Zhilei
Basketball: Angel Delgado, Caris Levert, Chris Boucher, Danny Green, Dwayne Bacon, Henry Ellenson, Isaiah Whitehead, Jalen Rose, James Young, Jeff Green, Jeremy Lin, Josh Hart, Justise Winslow, Kevin Durant, Moritz Wagner, Rudy Gay, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Willie Cauley-Stein, Wilson Chandler, Zhaire Smith
American football: CJ Prosise, Dez Bryant, Geno Smith, Greg Stroman Jr, Hue Jackson, Isaac Rochell, Jaire Alexander, Juju Smith-Schuster, Kahlil McKenzie, Leonard Fournette, Melvin Ingram, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Kwiatkoski, Ronnie Stanley, Saquon Barkley, Todd Gurley, Victor Cruz, Yannick Ngakoue
Baseball: Braden Shipley, CC Sabathia, D.J. Peterson, Dominic Smith, Dustin Peterson, Erick Aybar, Jacob Nottingham, Jason Martin, Jeremiah Estrada, Josh Morgan, Justin Williams, Marcus Wilson, Miguel Sano, Mike Shawaryn, Robinson Cano, Rusney Castillo, Shelby Miller, Stephen Alemais, Yoenis Cespedes.
Football: Jerome Boateng, Romelu Lukaku
At that time Jay-Z’s talent stable was made up of 33 clients but Roc Nation Sports has expanded to now represent 69 athletes, suggesting that value is considerably higher.
Ten boxers, 20 basketball players, 18 American football stars, 19 baseball players as well as Boateng and Lukaku are all on Roc Nation Sports’ books.
Despite a promising start to his United career Bailly, who cost £30m from Villarreal in 2016, has not been a success.
He was last seen being unceremoniously hooked after just 19 minutes with United 2-0 down to Newcastle earlier this month and Mourinho seemingly on the brink of the sack.
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