The international media is reporting that German champions Bayern Munich have tabled a £52 million offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s star forward Jamaican Leon Bailey.
However, reports claimed that Leverkusen is holding out for a deal in excess of £90 million.
There are also reports that Real Madrid has instructed super-agent Jorge Mendes to engineer a move for the Jamaican, but Bayern is confident the player wants to stay in Germany, and will ultimately transfer to the Allianz Arena.
Manchester United were linked with his services earlier on in the season, while Chelsea have also been credited with an interest.
Bailey enhanced his reputation with a superb campaign in the Bundesliga, garnering the attention of top clubs worldwide. He scored 12 goals and assisted a further six for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal, establishing himself as one of the most exciting youth talents in the Bundesliga at the age of 20.
Bailey was the subject to a potential England call-up before Gareth Southgate announced his official 23-man World Cup squad this week.
His adopted father and agent Craig Butler said Bailey was not ready to fully commit his international future to one country.
Butler told Goal that the omission from England’s squad had nothing to do with FIFA rules and was a decision made by himself and Bailey.
Earlier this year, Butler had claimed that Bailey could be eligible to represent England by virtue of having grandparents with British passports and that he would have conversations with the English FA. The claims, however, remain unsubstantiated. In fact, they have seemed unlikely. In order for Bailey to qualify for England, his grandparents would have had to be born in England as opposed to mere passport holders.
“It’s not that he didn’t make it,” Butler told Goal.
“I didn’t supply them with the info they requested yet because we are not sure we are ready to commit to a national team yet.”
Bailey has been prevented to play for Jamaica because of issues between Butler and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).
Butler told Bailey to focus on his club career after the JFF refused to interact with him on implementing new structures for the development of home-based players.
Bayer Leverkusen invested £20 million in Bailey’s talent when acquiring him from Genk and tied him to a five-year contract which is due to run through to the summer of 2022.