Chelsea and Arsenal are in the race for £30m-rated winger Leon Bailey, as the 20-year-old continues to impress for Bayer Leverkusen.
Bailey joined Leverkusen in January, and after a settling in period he’s turning on the style this campaign. Arsenal and Chelsea are both interested in a January move, according to the Daily Star.
Leverkusen, however, have fended off Premier League interest, having turned down a £22m offer from the Blues. Arsenal have sent scouts to watch him twice recently. The winger has eight goals and four assists in 16 matches in all competitions. Bailey hasn’t yet appeared for the Jamaican senior side, but he has played for the u23s, scoring on his debut.
Arsenal could be in need of Bailey, given they sold Serge Gnabry last summer, sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, and could well sell Theo Walcott next summer – his future at the club looks uncertain. Wenger often utilises centre-forwards like Danny Welbeck in the wide positions, but somebody like Bailey might be more effective contributing goals.
Bailey is a more natural winger. Crossing and dribbling are two of his strengths, as well as a turn of pace. It’s therefore easy to see why Arsenal are reportedly interested, especially with his recent goalscoring form. Chelsea won’t make things easy, but if the Gunners want to wrap up a deal, now is the time to make a move.