Arsenal could forget about signing in-demand winger

Premier League giants Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have reportedly been told that it will take an offer of £97m to prise Leon Bailey away from Bayer Leverkusen.

The 20-year-old’s form in Germany has drawn interest from top of Europe’s clubs, with initial stories linking him with a January move to England.

A winter transfer never happened, but the attacker who has netted eight goals in 18 Bundesliga games – has earlier shown his wish to perform in the Premier League.

Man Unite, Chelsea and Arsenal are among the teams believed to be monitoring his development, but German outlet Kicker states that Leverkusen will demand nearly £100m for his signature.

Bailey’s current deal with the German side runs until 2022, and they are believed to consider him of comparable value to Ousmane Dembele, who joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for £97m.

The American winger only joined Leverkusen from Genk in January of the last term, with the Bundesliga club spending around €20m (£17.75m) for his services. After rejecting advances from Manchester United and Chelsea.