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Chelsea set for battle with Arsenal in the race to land Bundesliga talent

The Arsenal and Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are arguing over who is most likely to land one of Europe’s hottest prospects in the January window.

According to a report by The Mirror, Arsenal and Chelsea will compete to snap up Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Leon Bailey, who is considered to be one of the best upcoming talents in the top leagues across Europe.

The Jamaican winger, who has refused to represent his country at senior level until the standard of football improves, is enjoying success in the German league but might fancy a switch to the Premier League.

The 20-year-old joined Bayer Leverkusen last January from Genk after impressing in the Belgian leagues.

He is renowned for his pace and his attacking ability.

Arsenal and Chelsea are not alone in their admiration for Bailey as a number of clubs from Italy and Spain have also been alerted to his talent after his performances have helped Bayer Leverkusen climb towards the Champions League qualification spots in the Bundesliga.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal have had scouts watching the Jamaica under-23 international’s progress this season at Bayer Leverkusen.

Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a £15m offer for Bailey.

Landlord’s verdict

Arsenal and Chelsea have a vantage point over the other clubs by the draw of playing for a top Premier League team and being located in London.

Bailey will have to make a big decision soon as he is at a vital stage of his career.

He will need game time and he would probably be more likely to be given that at Arsenal, considering the calibre of Chelsea’s wingers.

Bailey could be a long-term replacement for Sanchez.

Arsenal and Chelsea fans – Would you like to sign Bailey? Let us know below…

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