Chelsea are looking to improve their attacking options next summer, and they have identified Leon Bailey as a potential target.
According to a report from Daily Mail, Chelsea are weighing up a move for the Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey if Christian Pulisic leaves the club at the end of the season.
Pulisic has had a difficult time at Stamford Bridge since joining Chelsea, and he has not been able to hold down a regular starting berth. The American international needs to leave Chelsea in order to play regular first-team football, and a move away from Chelsea would be ideal for his career in the summer. Leeds United have recently shown interest in him.
Meanwhile, Leon Bailey moved to Aston Villa in a £25 million deal in 2021. And the 25-year-old Jamaican attacker has been quite impressive for the West Midlands club this season. The talented winger has scored three goals in the Premier League, and he could prove to be an upgrade on Pulisic if Chelsea manage to get the deal over the line.
The report adds that Bailey is close friends with Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling and it remains to be seen whether they can agree on a fee with Villa for the star winger.
Bailey was highly rated during his time in the Bundesliga, and he has shown that he has the quality to thrive in the Premier League as well. The Aston Villa attacker is yet to reach his peak, and he could improve further with game time and experience.
The 25-year-old can operate on the right side of a front three, and Chelsea are in desperate need of someone like him. The Blues must look to bring in a quality striker in the summer as well.
They have been heavily linked with a move for RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku, who was recently ruled out of the World Cup due to a serious ankle injury. Aston Villa could be looking to make a hefty profit if they are forced to sell Bailey in the coming months and it remains to be seen how the situation develops.