Manchester United are ‘seriously interested’ in signing Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen.
This news follows reports that he has joined forces with Will Salthouse’s Unique Sports Management Agency in a move that could pave the way for a possible Premier League arrival in the future.
The 23-year-old has been in impressive form since the start of this season, providing nine goals and seven assists in 18 appearances across all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
Bailey, who earns around €75,000-per-week (£67k) at the BayArena, was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, but Ed Woodward was unable to agree a fee with the Bundesliga challengers, and he must now attempt to make amends in January.
The Red Devils have been crying out for a new right-winger for as long as we can remember as they have arguably failed to fill the void created by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure in 2009.
Standing at 5 ft 8 in tall, the Jamaica international is relatively small in stature, but he compensates for his lack of height by cutting inside from the right flank with a burst of pace. Just like David Beckham, Bailey has a penchant for taking pot-shots from long range.
Mason Greenwood has done a decent job filling in for the freshly-departed Alexis Sanchez on the right wing, having scored 18 goals in 50 appearances last season, but it’s fair to say that his best position may lie elsewhere, while Daniel James and Juan Mata have struggled for consistency so far this season.
His performances in the Bundesliga this season have given further justification for United’s interest, as Bailey has contributed to nine goals in 12 top-flight appearances this season, via Transfermarkt. Imagine him lining up opposite Marcus Rashford, who has scored seven goals and supplied seven assists in the Premier League this season, as per Transfermarkt.
Former Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich heaped praise on his former young charge after he opened the scoring against Hoffenheim in 2018, saying: “How we take the lead doesn’t matter to me. But that opening goal was super; it was dirty.
“Leon Bailey can do anything at the moment.”
While Woodward has become known for driving a hard bargain during his time at Old Trafford, he simply has to consider breaking the bank for Bailey before it’s too late. It’s claimed Premier League rivals Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the Jamaican.