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Everton have chance to rectify Leon Bailey missed opportunity amid £85m reports

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Everton have chance to rectify Leon Bailey missed opportunity amid £85m reports

Everton tried to sign the Jamaican back in 2017.

Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey is being linked with a move to English football this summer. 

The Express is reporting that Chelsea are on the hunt for the Jamaican and had scouts watching him in action against Rangers in the Europa League last week. 

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are also interested. 

But Everton should undoubtedly throw their names into the mix. 

MUNICH, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 30: Leon Bailey of Bayer 04 Leverkusen Interview during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Allianz Arena on November 30, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The Toffees have missed out on Bailey before, when he would have cost a fraction of his current apparent £85 million asking price. 

 

As reported by the Daily Mail, Everton were one of several clubs to miss out as Bailey left Belgian side Genk for Leverkusen in a £12.8 million deal back in January 2017. 

The speedster would have been a great recruit for Everton but instead, he ended up slipping through their fingers. 

Now he would be the perfect recruit. Not only does he have the pace and physicality to play in the Premier League but Bailey is naturally left-footed, which would readdress an imbalance in attack that has plagued Everton in recent times. In fact, as reported by The Telegraph, it was one of Marco Silva’s main transfer demands for the summer that Everton failed to deliver on. 

The price would undoubtedly be an issue, with Everton looking to meet FFP regulations. But if Everton could move some of the dead weight through the door, Bailey would be an exciting addition to solve a long-term problem in the Everton team.

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