Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey: 'Concrete interest' from other clubs

Leon Bailey

Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey has revealed that there is "concrete interest" from both Chelsea and Liverpool in securing his services this summer. What I can say is that my full focus is on developing myself as a young player.

"If a club wants me, my management and Bayer 04 will take care of it". However, the Merseyside outfit appear unlikely to make an approach at this stage of the transfer window, considering they have already recruited Xherdan Shaqiri to bolster their frontline.

Bailey made his name in Belgium during an impressive stint at Genk to earn a move to Leverkusen in January 2017 and the youngster has continued to develop a reputation as one of the most exciting attackers in Europe over the past 18 months.

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Chelsea were the other English club confirmed to be interested in Bailey, a skilful winger who scored 9 goals in 30 Bundesliga games last season.

Manchester City have expressed an interest in signing Bailey, while Bayern Munich submitted a £53m offer to Leverkusen in May.

On Monday, the player told reporters when asked about Liverpool and Chelsea: "There's concrete interest".

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He added: "We want to play for the title".

With just three days left to complete any final transfers, the chances are that Bailey won't be on the move this summer - but watch this space. Serie A heavyweights AS Roma too have been credited with interest in him. "He is a great player and will probably leave one day for a high fee, but I wish him to stay with us for a long time".

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