Bayer Leverkusen are preparing for life without Leon Bailey as the reported Everton and Tottenham Hotspur target pushes for a dream move to the Premier League, according to Sport BILD.
While consistency continues to elude one of the most naturally talented footballers in the Bundesliga, the Jamaica international has at least rediscovered some semblance of form after a difficult couple of years.
In 21 games, Bailey has nine goals and seven assists to his name, stepping up for a Leverkusen side who wondered where the creativity was going to come from in the post-Kai Havertz era.
“Leon had it very hard, last year and early this season,” said manager Peter Bosz recently. “But I see that he gets better with every game – physically, but also in terms of his football.”
Bailey’s return to prominence hasn’t gone unnoticed either.
According to the Daily Mail, scouts from Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton watched on as the former Genk star scored twice in a Europa League victory over Sparta Prague in December.
Bailey has since linked up with Unique Sports Management, an agency with strong connections in the UK. Spurs youngster Ryan Sessegnon is another of their clients.
Leverkusen, like most Bundesliga clubs, pride themselves on an effective ‘buy low, sell high’ transfer policy.
Kevin Volland, Julian Brandt, Hakan Calhanoglu and more have all been sold for huge profits over the years and Bailey, who is valued at £36 million, could be the latest to depart for a big fee.
BILD claims Leverkusen have even identified a replacement – £9 million-rated Nordsjaelland speedster Kamaldeen Sulemana.