Everton are reportedly eyeing up a surprise move for Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey. Sky Sports suggest that the Jamaican is keen on a move to the Premier League this summer and is thought to have interest from a number of clubs in England.
Leverkusen have reportedly slapped a £60 million price tag on Bailey but the financial impact from the COVID-19 means he could be available for between £20m and £30m, a price that will surely entice Everton.
Bailey keen to move to England
Its thought that scouts from Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City will be attending this weekend's DFB Cup Final where Bailey's Leverkusen are facing German champions Bayern Munich in Berlin.
Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bolster his attacking options for next season and his presence alongside almost guaranteed playing time could be a factor for Bailey joining the Toffees.
Toffees to move for Bailey this summer
Bailey joined Bayer Leverkusen in January 2017 from Belgian side Genk for a fee of £12.5 million. He has since made 89 league appearances for Die Werkself, scoring 19 goals. He has also featured for the Jamaican National side six times, winning his first cap against Honduras in June 2019.
He had initially refused a call-up to the Jamaican National side since 2017, saying he would not play for them until the standards of Jamaican football improved. Bailey also caused a social media frenzy after a simple tweet led many to think Bailey had made Gareth Southgate's England World Cup Squad in 2018.
Bailey tweeted "Humble Lion" alongside a photo of himself on the beach, leading many to believe Bailey was going to pledge his international future to the Three Lions. But it was later revealed by Bailey to just be a reference to his new tattoo. It was also later revealed that Bailey was ineligible to play for England due to his Grandparents not being born in England.