footballfancast: Liverpool are set to battle the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to make the signing of Bayer Leverkusen attacker Leon Bailey, as reported by The Express.
Bayern Munich are also keen on signing the Jamaica international, but it is said that Leverkusen would rather sell the 22-year-old to a team abroad than to a fellow Bundesliga outfit.
It can be suggested that one of Liverpool’s issues is their strength in depth, with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri currently their main back-up options behind Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
Considering that Chelsea are willing to pay £85m, FFC writers have given their verdicts on whether Liverpool should continue in the race to sign Bailey.
“Liverpool may need some extra quality in depth across the front three positions next season, but they shouldn’t stay in the race to sign Leon Bailey if he is going to cost £85m. That is a ludicrous fee.
“The Jamaica international has 24 goals and 13 assists in 105 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen, while another reported target in Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has 31 and 42 respectively in just 90 outings.
“The latter is also three years younger, and while he would reportedly cost £100m+, he has already proven he would be better value than his fellow Bundesliga player would be at £85m.
“Jurgen Klopp should do the right thing and sign the Englishman instead, as Sancho is 10x better than Bailey.”
“It’s time for Liverpool to start thinking well into the future otherwise they’ll suffer drastically just like they did when Luis Suarez left for Barcelona. Their magical flight under Jurgen Klopp will understandably attract interest from some of the European heavyweights, and even though the Reds hold the acclaim of being the Champions League winners, no player can ultimately say no to the prospect of playing for one of Real Madrid or Barcelona.
“Take Mane, for instance, he’s outshone Mo Salah this campaign and as a result, is wanted by Los Galacticos. What is left in his wake if he were to depart? Divock Origi who is living off his super-sub cameos last season and maybe Xherdan Shaqiri, who will never garner such interest as above.
“Therefore, it would be wise to clinch a player like Bailey as he’d be the perfect replacement for Mane as well as an ideal fit for Klopp’s system. He’s primarily a left-winger who can also play on the right side too. Forget Werner, the 22-year-old’s versatility should be everything that is desired at Anfield, especially as Firmino doesn’t look like being dropped anytime soon.
“Bailey is a big game hunter as seen this season with a brace against Bayern Munich as well as goals vs Dortmund and Leipzig. This has to be a must for Edwards this summer.”
“Who would Bailey replace? It is worth thinking about, particularly as the club are also linked with Timo Werner.
“Bringing in both is only likely to cause a selection headache for Jurgen Klopp, as five do not go into three; Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino have made those front three positions their own.
Bailey has also struggled with discipline this season, picking up two red cards, while also having a history of injuries.
“It would be a disaster-class of a signing, particularly at a fee of £85m. They need to swerve this move, and focus on bringing in a player who can actually have a proper impact in the final third; Werner could be just the ticket.
Should Liverpool move for Bailey?
“Paying £85m for somebody who has started just seven Bundesliga matches this term would be absolutely mind-boggling business from Liverpool. It is true that they want cover for their current front three, but if they are to sign someone who has been playing outside of Europe’s biggest clubs, they should definitely be targetting a more prominent figure than this.
“It would be more advisable to hand somebody like Harvey Elliott added responsibility than making the move for Bailey at this price, as Liverpool could sign someone so much better than the Jamaica international for that kind of money.
“When Liverpool have spent big in recent windows it has usually been done smartly, as seen with the acquisitions of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, but this would be anything but intelligent business.”
Source: Published by footballfancast