According to the Metro, Arsenal are set to compete with a host of rival Premier League clubs to sign Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey this summer. The 20-year-old is also reported to be of interest to Chelsea and Manchester United.
However, the Premier League trio are not the only ones interested in the highly-rated winger. Reports from German suggest that Bayer has already turned down a £52million off from Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, telling the Bavarian giants that they want £88million for the Jamaican-born star.
A youngster on the rise
Bailey is now regarded as one of the most exciting young attacking players in European football. Bailey was regarded as a promising talent at Belgian club Genk before his move to Bayer in 2017.
It was not until this season that Bailey thrived. The versatile winger produced nine Bundesliga goals and six assets, as Leverkusen finished fifth in the Bundesliga, only outside the Champions League spots on goal difference.
No doubt he is a talented young player and with more experience could be become a top player. In fact, his performances for Bayer led to rumours that the youngster could be included in England’s World Cup squad, as reportedly he qualifies for the Three Lions through his grandparents.
Too expensive for Arsenal
If the reports of a transfer kitty of £50million for the next Arsenal boss are true, then Bailey would be far too expensive for the Gunners. The next Arsenal boss, likely Mikel Arteta at this point, will have to try to unearth some hidden gems.
Bailey is certainly not a hidden gem. He is a gem that every club in Europe has seen and assessed after his stellar campaign in the Bundesliga.
Many people believed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger did not like spending money. However, it seems that the clubs hierarchy might have been behind the relative frugal nature of the Gunners transfer business in recent years.
Bailey would be an interesting signing, but there are areas of the team that need improving this summer rather than attack. The Gunners have good attacking players available to the next boss. The defence, on the other hand, needs an overhaul.
Overall, I think it is unlikely that Leon Bailey will be a transfer target for the Gunners this summer. If he is, then they are unlikely to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, who could spend big once again this summer.
Is Leon Bailey a realistic summer transfer target for Arsenal?