CHELSEA face a battle over Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey with Arsenal and Roma stepping up their very own pursuits of the whizz child winger.
Bailey, 20, is linked with a £40million transfer away from Germany this summer time, and Chelsea may very well be set for their very own negotiating ways to chunk again for a second time.
After Chelsea demanded £70m from Barcelona for Willian, the Catalan membership switched tack and grabbed Malcom from beneath the noses of Roma, who had agreed a deal for the Bordeaux winger.
As a substitute, Roma have now turned their consideration to Bailey, which means the Blues may very well be set to overlook out on each a £70m windfall AND the signing of the Leverkusen star because of this.
With Willian now set to remain after Chelsea’s refusal to promote to Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea had been regarded as cooling their curiosity in Bailey.
However so as to keep off golf equipment corresponding to Arsenal, who SunSport completely revealed will open talks with Bailey’s representatives subsequent week, Chelsea’s pursuit has as a substitute intensified.
And Roma are additionally set so as to add to new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri’s complications.
Craig Butler, Bailey’s father and agent, confirmed the Italian membership’s pursuit.
He mentioned: “Roma had been eager about Leon a few years in the past, however since then I have not heard from the Giallorossi.
“Being linked to an incredible membership like Roma is an honor if it had been true.
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“I do not know if Roma are talking to some middleman, however they’d have to speak to me.
“It would not be sensible to not hearken to Roma, however all the time respecting our settlement with Bayer Leverkusen, a membership that has my respect.”
One key benefit Roma maintain over Chelsea and Arsenal is the flexibility to supply Champions League soccer.
However with Chelsea determined to placate star man Eden Hazard’s calls for for top of the range arrivals, the Blues could do no matter it takes to make sure they don’t miss out on Bailey.