Arsenal consider transfer move for Chelsea target Leon Bailey

Leon Bailey is pictured warming up for Bayern Leverkusen
Bailey is valued at around £85m (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are tracking Leon Bailey ahead of a potential move for the Bayer Leverkusen’s star this summer, according to reports.

Frank Lampard has already sanctioned Chelsea’s move for the forward, who is expected to cost £85million and is also wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool.

The Daily Express claim Chelsea face competition from Arsenal and like their Premier League rivals, the Gunners are in a good position to sign Bailey.

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Leverkusen do not want to sell to a domestic rival, making it more likely Bailey will make a switch to England or Spain.

However, Arsenal’s interest depends on whether they can raise transfer funds.

Mike Arteta could have a limited budget if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Missing out on a spot in the Champions League would mean Arteta would have to sell to raise the cash to hijack Chelsea’s move for Bailey.

Mikel Arteta grins during Arsenal training
Arteta would need to sell to sign Bailey (Picture: Getty)

And it appears the player who could be sacrificed is club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal’s top scorer has been the subject of intense transfer speculation and could fetch over £50m if the Gunners put him on the market.

Barcelona are eager to sign Aubameyang and have made numerous attempts to unsettle the Gabon international ahead of the summer window.

Bailey, 22, is considered one of the Bundesliga’s best young talents and was linked with a host of Premier League sides before he joined Leverkusen in 2017 from Genk.

The Jamaican international’s season has been restricted by injuries and suspensions, but Bailey has still scored five times in 14 Bundesliga appearances.

Chelsea and Arsenal’s transfer plans might be affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak which has forced the Premier League to suspend games.

League chiefs are hopeful the season can be finished during the summer after UEFA confirmed the European Championships has been postponed to next year.

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