22/07/2021; 4:40 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey is Aston Villa's next transfer target this summer.
Aston Villa wants the Jamaican international to boost their attack for next season. The Villans, who already added Norwich star Emiliano Buendia and Ashley Young to their squad, would like to bring the 23-year-old attacker to Villa Park.
Leon Bailey is an effective attacker who has been linked with different top Premier League=e clubs in the last few years but didn't get a move because of his £40 million price tag.
The 23-year-old has scored 39 goals and provided 26 assists since his arrival in Bayer Leverkusen from Genk in 2017.
Reports suggest that Aston Villa's coach Dean Smith sees Leon Bailey as a reasonably-priced alternative to Jadon Sancho. The English coach also views Bailey's potential move to Villa Park as a means to relieve Jack Grealish of overwhelming creative duties if the midfielder stays at the club.
Jack Grealish recently signed a long-term contract with Aston Villa. However, the club could be tempted to let the English midfielder leave if Manchester City persists in their pursuit of the player.
Leon Bailey currently has two years left in his contract with Bayer Leverkusen and Aston Villa boss Dean Smith believes he could sign the 23-year-old for just £25 million this summer.
Aston Villa signed England international Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea last season, and The end of Barkley's loan spell created room for more attackers for the Claret and Blue team.
Dean Smith has his eyes on English men James Ward-Prowse of Southampton and Harry Winks of North London side Tottenham Hotspur. The coach plans to increase Aston Villa's intensity in the premier league next season.
A last month report on Betpack suggested that Aston Villa had made a second bid for Arsenal's Emile Smith-Rowe, an offer which the North London club rejected. However, the Villains have moved on from that saga and focused on Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey for now.
Source: Daily Mail