According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal will have scouts present for Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League clash against Slavia Prague, in order to watch Leon Bailey.
The Jamaica international has been one of the stand-out performers for the Bundesliga side this season, scoring five goals and providing six assists in 14 games.
Now, The Daily Mail claim that some of the biggest sides across Europe will be keeping an eye on Bailey’s development, with scouts from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton, Inter and PSG all watching his performance against Slavia on Thursday night.
The report adds that Leverkusen currently have a £36m valuation on his head at the moment, but that price could well be hiked in the future as they look to get big money for him.
The Gunners of course already have a multi-million pound winger in Nicolas Pepe, but it’s fair to say the Ivory Coast international just hasn’t managed to live up to expectations in his year and a half at the club.
His foolish red card against Leeds United, in which he earned a three-game suspension in the Premier League just summed up his Arsenal career.
In Bailey, Mikel Arteta can find a genuinely dynamic and exciting right-sided winger who is also comfortable playing from the left-hand side. His arrival would put immense pressure on Pepe to perform, and if he doesn’t, then he can just settle for a place on the bench or even out the door completely.
Ajax’s former youth coach, Ronald de Boer, once said of Bailey: “He’s so fast it’s not normal. His speed, combined with his technique, is very rare. Exceptional. He has no weak points.”
If the Gunners can fend off competition from north London rivals Spurs in order to sign Bailey, then it could be yet a huge Edu masterclass in the transfer market.