Leeds United made a bid to sign Leon Bailey during the summer, with the Daily Mail reporting that Bayer Leverkusen rejected the Whites’ offer.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men showed plenty of intent in the market following their promotion. The likes of Rodrigo Moreno, Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Raphinha arrived at Elland Road.
And it appears that Leeds were keen to make Bailey another marquee addition. According to the Daily Mail, the Championship winners made an offer for the Jamaica international.
However, the Mail claims Leverkusen snubbed the bid. It is suggested that the Bundesliga side were not willing to lower their £36 million asking price.
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Bailey would have arguably been an incredible signing for Bielsa’s side. The 23-year-old has five goals and five assists in the Bundesliga and Europa League this season.
The Mail also notes that the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham plan to scout him on Thursday. So it would have been a huge statement had Leeds signed him.
Having said that, it would appear that Leeds recovered from the setback of not signing Bailey.
It is not clear when the bid was made, or how seriously Leeds were taking their pursuit. But given their particular positions, it would appear that not signing Bailey was a factor in Leeds ultimately landing Raphinha.
The Brazilian’s move was announced in the final minutes of the window. So perhaps, it is fair to assume that his move may not have taken place had Leeds managed to sign Bailey.