Manchester United are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, now report The Mail.
Bailey is being lined up as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho, in case the Borussia Dortmund winger is unattainable this summer, the report says.
However, all of Bailey’s performances for Bayer Leverkusen this season have come from the left flank.
This would still leave the ongoing dilemma over United’s right wing position unsolved.
Bailey would be more of an alternative and rotational option to Marcus Rashford, than the player United need to add width on the right.
Cut-price deal suggested
The Mail report United are planning a move for Bailey at just £40 million.
This is quite a comedown from the £85 million move Chelsea were claimed by The Express to be planning for Bailey just this past March.
Whether Bayer Leverkusen would be willing to do business around this price remains to be seen, especially when their other prize asset, Kai Havertz, is being touted for a big move.
Bailey is a speedy winger with an eye for goal, and has a strong long range shot in his locker. He has netted five times this past season in 19 Bundesliga games, and has one goal in his 45 minutes of Europa League action.
The first part of Bailey’s season was hampered by injuries, and not helped by a three-game suspension. He has scored once since the Bundesliga restarted, a winner over Freiburg.
Bailey is a Jamaican international and is only 22-years-old. The MEN reported in 2018 that United were monitoring him, but nothing has come of that interest since until now.
Will a deal happen?
The move for Bailey in conjunction with Sancho would make United a far stronger team. But instead of the Dortmund star, does not really add up.
He can play on the right, and early in his career, the Bundesliga website noted that his pace, and ability to cut inside, made him comparable in style to Arjen Robben.
But Transfermarkt note that Bailey has started just one Bundesliga game on the right since January 2019, with Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz quite clearly preferring his natural ability on the left side.
If he signed for United, he would still be a real danger man and his pace combined with Dan James on the other flank could make the team a nightmare for defences.
This is not a deal we expect will come off at this point, but it’s obviously one to watch. It makes sense for United to explore all the options.
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