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Aston Villa want Leon Bailey to join Emi Buendia after Emile Smith Rowe’s transfer offer fails – is Dean Smith preparing for life after Jack Grealish?


Aston Villa looks set to continue its big summer spending with a move for Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen, according to talkSPORT.

The Jamaican, 23, scored 15 goals and eight assists for the German side last season, establishing himself as one of the brightest strikers in the Bundesliga.

Bailey has played at Leverkusen since arriving from Genk in 2017
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Following the arrival of winger Emi Buendia from Norwich in a deal that could reach £ 40million, Bailey is expected to cost between £ 25million and £ 30million.

Bailey figures mainly on the right, but is capable of any position in the top three.

Interest comes after Villa made two unsuccessful offers for Arsenal star Emile Smith Rowe – and the Villains are clearly keen to spend a lot this summer.

This could be due to the uncertainty surrounding star player Jack Grealish.

Premier League champions Manchester City are desperate to sign the 25-year-old England star, who was one of the Premier League’s best players last season.

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While Grealish recently signed a new long-term contract, Villa could struggle to keep him if City crack the asking price of £ 100million.

Aston Villa want Leon Bailey to join Emi Buendia after Emile Smith Rowe’s transfer offer fails – is Dean Smith preparing for life after Jack Grealish?
Grealish’s future at Villa Park remains uncertain
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And with £ 70million already budgeted for the new attackers, there is a chance Villa is preparing to live after Grealish.

However, the owners of the club – Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens – are among the wealthiest of the elite – and there is also the possibility that they are investing in a future with Grealish at the heart of it.

TalkSPORT European football expert Kevin Hatchard confirmed Aston Villa’s interest, while admitting Bailey’s form was inconsistent.

He told Hawksbee and Jacobs, “Looks like he’s an amateur. It is fascinating, there is no doubt about it.

“He’s a direct person, he likes to run after people, he’s very, very fast. When he’s playing well he’s very, very hard to control and very, very hard for defenders to stop.

Aston Villa want Leon Bailey to join Emi Buendia after Emile Smith Rowe’s transfer offer fails – is Dean Smith preparing for life after Jack Grealish?
Aston Villa have a genuine interest in Bailey, who has been linked with Man City and Bayern Munich in the past
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“The problem he had was that he didn’t find that consistency. So he had spells where he was brilliant and spells where he was not very good at all. He had some notable red cards in derby matches.

“He himself admitted that maybe he needed to be a little more focused on and off the pitch.

“He became a father, it seems to have helped with things off the pitch. He seems to be a little more mature now.

“He still has enormous potential. Villa seems to be looking for players who have this pace, they like players who engage defenders.

“It would be a good fit for their style. It looks like Leverkusen is ready to make a deal if it’s at the right price.

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