Chelsea are said to be considering a return to the negotiation table with Bayer Leverkusen chiefs for Leon Bailey next summer, according to the Daily Mail.
That perhaps depends on the decision to the taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), after the Blues made an appeal against the two transfer window ban served by FIFA for breaching rules governing foreign youth players. The club will not be able to sign any player in the upcoming transfer window and the January 2020 window, if the ban holds.
The 21-year old winger has been in-demand since last summer, after his strong performances for Leverkusen two seasons ago. The German Bundesliga outfit are asking for £80 million for his services and Chelsea may have to cough a huge part of the transfer fee they are receiving for Hazard’s sale to Real Madrid.
His potential replacement, Bailey, is not of equal standard but has the potential to reach Hazard’s level if he follows the right path in his run to the top. The Jamaican has not been at his best in the last 12 months, but if the Mail’s report is true, Chelsea will fancy their chances of making him a top player at Stamford Bridge.