Arsenal set to hold transfer talks with £35m winger as Emery eyes 6th summer signing

By on July 25, 2018

According to the Sun, Arsenal are expected to hold talks with Leon Bailey’s agent next week as the £35m-rated winger looks to secure a move away from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

Bailey has developed in to one of the hottest young talents in European football since joining Leverkusen from Genk 18 months ago and he provided 12 goals and 6 assists in 34 appearances last season.

The 20-year-old was born in Jamaica and has represented them at Under-23 level but is yet to accept a call-up to the senior squad amid efforts to try and prove he’s eligible to play for England at international level.

His potential has caught the attention of several top European clubs and the Sun claims Arsenal have now been put on ‘red alert’ after Bailey made it clear he wants to come to the Premier League this summer.

The winger is under contract until 2022 so Leverkusen are in strong position but the newspaper suggests they would reluctantly do business if an offer of at least £35m was put on the table – which seems like a reasonable fee in today’s market for a player of his talent.

The Sun claims Bailey’s agent will hold talks with interested parties next week but Arsenal could face competition from Chelsea as the Blues are also reportedly showing a keen interest in the attacker.

Unai Emery has already signed five new players this summer but after bringing in a goalkeeper, right-back, centre-back and two central midfielders the boss is being tipped to turn his attention to strengthening his attack before the window closes.

Emery has admitted he’s still in the market for at least one further signing and a pacey winger is reportedly on his agenda as we have a real lack of genuine width in the squad at present.

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Bailey would be an exciting signing so I hope we manage to reach an agreement with Leverkusen and lure the youngster to the Emirates but Chelsea will no doubt make life difficult.