Aston Villa are in close contacts to sign Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen this summer. The Jamaican has acquired interests from the Premier League club including Everton & Aston Villa. The 23-year-old winger has two years left on his contract, but has been heavily linked with a move away from Leverkusen in the ongoing transfer window.
According to Sky Sports Germany, Aston Villa have submitted a formal offer for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, who could now be set to make his way to Villa Park in the current transfer window.
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The Leverkusen midfielder has spent four and a half years in Germany and now believes that this is the right time for him to take on new challenges. Leon Bailey has hit 39 goals for Leverkusen in 156 appearances.
What Leon Bailey has said
The highly-rated 23-year-old has told ESPN on his future plans: “One hundred per cent, I’m totally ready for the next step.
“I’ve been working hard to be able to reach where I am today. I feel like I’m at an age and point in my life where I feel like I’m ready for the next step. Hopefully we can make that happen soon.
“For me, just playing at the top. The highest level. I feel like I need a new challenge so anywhere where it’s a good opportunity for me to really showcase myself and work hard.”
Leon Bailey’s stepfather confirms that he is in talks with Aston Villa for a potential deal this summer.
Craig Butler has told BILD: “The clubs are holding talks.
“There are different interested parties from the Premier League. We are checking the options.
“It is important that Leon takes the right step. Therefore, it has not yet been decided whether he will change this transfer period or later.
“Leon feels at home in Leverkusen. There will only be a change if everyone is satisfied.”
It is reported that Aston Villa submitted a bid of about £25m but the German club rejected the offer.
According to BirminghamLive, Aston Villa are eager to find a breakthrough with the players’ stepfather and advisor, Craig Butler, admitting talks are still ongoing with Leverkusen.
Aston Villa have already made a huge signing this summer by bringing in Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City in a club record transfer. In addition to the Argentine, manager Dean Smith also has Bertrand Traore, Jack Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet as options in the wide areas already at his disposal. However, it has been reported that the Midlands outfit are open to offers for the El Ghazi and Trezeguet, which would open up a place for another player.
According to the Football Insider, Aston Villa will let the Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi leave for €15m if Roma continues their interest in the winger.
However, According to Sky Deutschland, Leverkusen are in no mood to sell him for a figure less than his market value at the moment. He is rated at €39m and Leverkusen do not want to sell him at a knockdown price in the current transfer window. It remains to be seen whether any club want to pay that kind of fee for the Jamaican winger in the current financial market which has been badly affected by the pandemic.