Jamaican Leon Bailey Sought by Stoke City, Genk Wants £20 Million

Leon Bailey
Jamaican football player Leon Bailey

Jamaican football player Leon Bailey

Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, 19, who has been ranked the best in Europe and who currently plays for KRC Genk of Belgium, is being courted by Stoke City and watched closely by teams like the Dutch Ajax, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Leicester. Chelsea was interested in Bailey as a younger boy, but he was taken to Belgium where he has appeared 20 times this season in Genk’s first team, scoring six goals. Ajax are in discussions with Genk, but the asking price for Bailey of £20 million represents a major barrier for most interested suitors. Bailey wants to get regular game time at this stage of his athletic career, regardless of where he ultimately moves. In an interview with a Belgian newspaper, Het Laatste Nieuws, he said he always dreamed of the Premier League, but Man United “can’t guarantee me minutes” and so he decided to stay at Genk. He believes that playing time is essential to him as he has already made significant progress and wants to continue to do so.

Source: Daily Mail

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