Aston Villa are near to completing the signing of Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen after the Premier League club announced an agreement with the German Bundesliga outfit for the Jamaica international.
Bailey, 23, has played a key role at BayArena since his arrival from KRC Genk in 2017 and was once on the radar of many European clubs before the Villans swooped in for the talented wide man with an announcement seemingly near.
“Aston Villa and Bayer Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Leon Bailey subject to the player completing a medical and finalizing personal terms,” read a brief official observation from Villa.
The news comes as hypothesis reaches intense levels that the Birmingham giants’ talisman and captain Jack Grealish will sign up for Manchester City in the coming week with an offer on the table for the England international in addition to a imaginable contract extension at Villa Park.
Grealish, 25, was once a part of the England squad which went the entire way to the UEFA Euro 2020 last this summer before defeat on penalties to Italy and his value has rocketed once again as Villa frequently beef up in the English top-flight.
Without or with Grealish, Bailey will offer Dean Smith’s men added pace and trickery in attack with an immediate threat which could prove deadly when combined with the likes of Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, and summer signing Emiliano Buendia.
Ashley Young’s return to the club has brought experience while goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez helped Argentina to Copa The us success this summer and John McGinn shone briefly with Scotland at Euro 2020.
Must Grealish total a move to City, Villa could receive in the region of $140 million while a bumper new contract awaits whether he pledges his future to his boyhood club as they look to qualify for Europe to cap a significant turnaround in fortunes for a club that came near to financial oblivion in 2018.
John Terry, another important figure in Villa’s turnaround, left his staff role earlier this week and is expected to move into management in the close future.