There’s a blow for the Premier League’s top six clubs this morning with the news that Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey wants to stay in the Bundesliga.
The Jamaican is one of the hottest properties in Germany, having only moved from Belgian club Genk just over 12 months ago for around €13 million, but a string of stellar performances have seen his valuation sky rocket from £35m to £60m.
All six of the Premier League’s top six have been linked with the 20-year-old in recent months, with Arsenal seeing him as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez. Manchester City also see him as an alternative for Sanchez, a player who they missed out on of course to Manchester United.
United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs have also been linked, but speaking to the media in Germany, Bailey had said he wants to remain in the Bundesliga to continue his development, but added its only a matter of time that he does move.
“Leverkusen is perfect for me,” he told Bild.
“I want to develop and then I can take the next step.
“When I move to a big club, the people there will want to know me. I want to make a name for myself at the highest level.”
In other news, reports in the last week have suggested that the FA are interested in trying to get him to play for England.