According to several reports from Germany, Chelsea are preparing an £85m deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, but they’re expected to face stiff competition from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
The Jamaica international’s form this season has been hot and cold in the Bundesliga since a breakout 18-month spell with the club, but Bailey’s impressive substitute appearance against Rangers in the Europa League seems to have reignited the interest of top EPL clubs.
Another report from the Express also claimed Chelsea are planning a whopping £85m transfer for Bailey at the end of the season. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have also registered an interest in the Jamaica international.
Bailey, 22, has not been at his brilliant best in the Bundesliga over the last 18 months and he’s lost his first-team place this season to former Paris Saint-Germain winger Moussa Diaby, while Brazilian wonderkid Paulinho is also in impressive form.
Bailey has never been worth the £85m price tag which is being quoted in this rumour, but if the Jamaica international was sold in the upcoming transfer window, he’d more likely fetch a generous fee closer to £40m.
Chelsea will make an early approach for the player so as to beat other interested clubs to the players signature.