According to The Mail, Manchester United are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen attacker Leon Bailey.
Left winger Bailey is more of a transfer alternative to Jack Grealish than Jadon Sancho, as United look to strengthen an attack which has at times struggled for goals this season.
Bailey would provide back-up and competition for Marcus Rashford on United’s left side.
He also is a little of a kindred spirit with Rashford, whose campaign for the Government to provide meals to poor children has made front page national news this past week.
Jamaican international Bailey told German channel Sport1 last week that he also deeply cares about giving back to the community where he comes from.
Asked about previously stating he wants to ‘leave a legacy for a younger generation’, Bailey explained: “I deliberately said that. It is a dream of mine and it will always stay that way. I work hard for that every day.
“This big goal is certainly related to where I come from. I come from poor backgrounds in Jamaica. I know what it means to have little money for food and daily shopping.
“I want to inspire the young people in my home country. I want to give them hope and the necessary faith. They can achieve their dreams and change things if they want to. I want to show them that.
“There is already pressure on my shoulders because I want to help many people at home. I have a big responsibility. But that spurs me on.”
Character is important
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made clear during his time as United boss that he places a high value on a player’s character.
He told the ShivNadarFoundation: “That’s what I also now look for in players that we sign or we bring up from the youth team. You have to have a good personality and that you are professional because one rotten apple in the basket will make the others rotten. So for me it’s about building a team that will reflect me and my coaching staff’s personalities and views.”
Bailey like Rashford is only 22-years-old, and in his case, he has just become a dad, with the birth of his baby causing his absence from Bayer Leverkusen’s team this past weekend.
The lightning quick winger is a big talent on the pitch, combining his pace and fast change of direction with strong shooting ability.
He is still a work in progress, and this past season he has struggled with injuries.
United would be taking a bit of a gamble on his potential by paying big money for him this summer, but there should be no doubting his professionalism and motivation to succeed.
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