Arsenal will reportedly battle Chelsea and other clubs in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger, Leon Bailey.
According to a report from the Express, the Premier League rivals are both keen on landing the Jamaican star.
After impressing for Leverkusen against Rangers in midweek, Bailey’s stock has never been so high in the British game.
Indeed, the report claims Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, is already eyeing up an £85m move for the 22-year-old, as Leverkusen hold out for the biggest fee possible.
However, as well as Arsenal, Chelsea could also face competition from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, who are both apparently tracking the winger.
Bailey has gradually developed while in Germany but has sprung onto the scene in the last three seasons especially.
Known for his blistering pace in wide areas, he has scored five times this season despite missing a chunk of the season through injury.
One worry for onlooking clubs could be his disciplinary record. Bailey has missed a further five games this season through suspension. That is, of course, something any buying club would want to see eradicated from his game.
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Whoever manages to sign Leon Bailey would be getting a huge prospect. After developing in the Bundesliga he appears ready-made to now make the jump into the English game.
Pace, power, and an eye for goal are all commodities Premier League managers look for.
At Chelsea, he could well be ideal in replacing the ageing Pedro. Furthermore, Willian could also be on his way out of the club.
For Arsenal, meanwhile, the Gunners may well need speed given Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential departure from the club this summer.
Bailey has proven to be a class act this season when at his best. A move to Arsenal, with a young an up and coming manager in Mikel Arteta, might well be the ideal move.
Then again, Frank Lampard might well put forward that very same argument!