Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of winger Leon Bailey.
The Jamaican arrives on the Premier League membership from Bayer Leverkusen, for a charge within the area of £30million.
The 23-year-old was linked with the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester United not all that way back, so it’s seen a significant coup for Villa and one other assertion of intent for his or her plans this season.
Bailey has signed a four-year contract that runs till 2025 with the Villans.
Head coach Dean Smith stated: “Leon is a massively thrilling younger striker with nice tempo and creativity. He has loved a profitable profession at Leverkusen and we at the moment are trying ahead to watching him present his abilities and abilities for Aston Villa within the Premier League.”
The switch is their second big-money transfer of the summer time with the membership touchdown Norwich City ace Emi Buendia from underneath the noses of Arsenal for £33m.
It additionally comes as captain Jack Grealish is linked with a £100m transfer to Manchester City.
The England worldwide who has shot to superstardom over the past 12 months is needed by Pep Guardiola’s facet and it’s believed he’ll both signal for the champions or put pen-to-paper on an enormous £200,000 per week contract at Villa Park.
Nevertheless it’s believed Bailey just isn’t a substitute for the dribbler, who might but stay within the Midlands.
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The Jamaican is a widely known expertise in Europe however there have been warnings he could also be a contact inconsistent.
European soccer skilled Andy Brassell instructed talkSPORT: “Bailey is an fascinating one as a result of he’s received all of the expertise on the planet, we’ve recognized that for a very long time, and he exhibits up in large matches – he was behind a Leverkusen win towards Bayern a number of years in the past the place he scored a few objectives and just about determined the sport on his personal,” Brassell added.
“On his day he may be unbelievable, he’s received all the things. He’s a winger and he can go inside and out of doors, he’s received a really highly effective shot, he can rating from anyplace.
“However what I’d say is his consistency – if it was there the groups he was initially linked with when he arrived within the Bundesliga – the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern again then for £50m or £60m – they’d have had them and they’d have had him at that value.
“However the consistency has not been there, that’s been the problem, and he wasn’t even in the perfect Leverkusen group definitely final season.
“If he’s at his finest, no query in any respect, however how typically is he at his finest? I feel he has to knuckle down and show himself right here, and he can try this with the proper teaching.
“If Villa get that consistency out of him, they’ll have gotten themselves an absolute cut price.”
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