Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey amid continued speculation over Jack Grealish’s future.
With reports in recent days suggesting that Manchester City have made a £100m bid for Grealish, Dean Smith will be desperate for some attacking reinforcements, and they appear to have Bailey very much in their sights as they seek to topple the club-record £34.56m fee spent on Emiliano Buendia this summer.
The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece has now revealed on Twitter: “Leon Bailey closing in on Aston Villa transfer as club agree deal with Bayer Leverkusen. Medical and personal terms still to be agreed but should be all good. #AVFC.”
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.”
Having been involved in signing him in the first place, Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller added: “He’s got extraordinary pace, he’s very skilful with the ball, and he will give further impetus to our attacking department.”
Villa fans will rightly be buzzing at the news that the club are “closing in” on the signing of Bailey, who registered 15 goals and 11 assists last season; especially now with the prospect of losing Jack Grealish to Manchester City, as they very much intend to continue their substantial summer spending.