Everton and Tottenham are set to lock horns in a quest to sign highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, according to Sport 1.
The report claims that both clubs have ‘wooed’ Bailey this summer in an attempt to land the winger.
It is thought that Bailey is valued at £36 million by Leverkusen who are among the frontrunners to win the Europa League this season.
The 22-year-old has scored seven goals and registered three assists during 2019/20, with his season hit with injury and suspension problems.
Bailey signed for Leverkusen from Genk in 2017, costing £11.5 million. The winger has proved value for money, with the Bundesliga outfit set to receive significant profit on the forward.
Both Everton and Tottenham will be keen to push on next season in their respective top-flight campaigns.
Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park will look to reshape his squad; with the Italian keen to get Everton competing for a European place.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho oversaw a sixth-place finish in the Premier League but he knows competing in the Champions League is where the club wants to be.
Interestingly, Bailey has held a long-term desire to play in the Premier League, with the report claiming he’s flirted with English clubs for some time.
More recently the youngster switched to an English agent too with Aidy Ward also the man responsible for Raheem Sterling.
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Both clubs could perhaps be deemed as attractive propositions for Bailey to pursue in the Premier League.
Everton have lost their way somewhat in recent years but under Ancelotti, there is at least some optimism around Goodison Park.
Right now, however, Bailey would perhaps fancy Tottenham slightly more.
Attacking options are something that Mourinho would dearly like more of and under his management, they could go places.
Bailey has had a taste of regular European action at Leverkusen; as a result, Tottenham’s participation in the Europa League might see him favour North London more.