Chelsea hold talks with Bayer Leverkusen over £20m January deal

Chelsea have reportedly held talks with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen over a January move for Leon Bailey.

The Jamaican international has started his maiden season in the German top-flight very impressively, scoring four goals and assisting four more in just 12 league appearances.

Other big European clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona have also shown strong interested in the pacey winger, who joined Leverkusen from Belgian side Genk last summer.

Chelsea sent scouts to watch him play against Stuttgart last Friday, and Bailey handed them a show by assisting both of his team’s goals in the 2-0 away win at Mercedes Benz Arena.

According to reports from Daily Mail, Chelsea are now seen as the front-runners in the race for Bailey’s signature, as they plan to table a big offer worth £20m to try and lure the 20-year-old to end his spell in the Bundesliga prematurely and join the Blues.