According to the Daily Mirror (Live Transfer blog, 11:54, 07/08), Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has claimed there has been concrete interest in signing him this summer but that the German side will accept no less than €50million, a number that Spurs should stump up straight away.
What’s the story?
The young Jamaican international scored nine goals and provided six assists in 30 Bundesliga appearances last season to help Leverkusen to a fifth placed finish, and the Evening Standard reports that Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Roma are all interested in signing him this summer.
The 20-year-old joined the German side from KRC Genk in January last year and is now valued at £40.5m by Transfermarkt after his pace and trickery caught the eye of a number of Europe’s top clubs.
With the English transfer window closing on Thursday, clubs in the Premier League will have to act fast if they are to secure the signature of the highly-rated youngster, and Tottenham must join the race with Heung-min Son away in August for the Asian Games.
Before he signed a new five-year contract at the club this summer, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino called on chairman Daniel Levy to be brave and take risks in the transfer market to add to the current squad.
However, Spurs are now the only Prem team yet to sign a player this summer and time is running out for any deals to be agreed that would allow Poch to push the team on from their third-place finish in the Premier League last season.
With Son away for the Asian Games and Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura failing to impress in their Spurs careers so far, Bailey would be a fantastic addition for both the future and for this season, that is of course if Pochettino could convince Levy to meet an asking price.
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