In the modern transfer market it’s rare for clubs to complete the signing of a player without immediately welcoming them to the club, but Liverpool proved to be an exception to the rule last summer with their deal for Naby Keita.
The terms of their agreement with RB Leipzig saw the Guinea international remain with the Bundesliga club for another season before he officially completed his move at the start of this summer. Although it was a rather peculiar and unusual agreement, it was one which suited all parties concerned and gave Keita another season to develop before arriving at Anfield.
And a recent report from the Mediaset Premium (via Goal live blog – 08:02, 17th August) suggests that Liverpool would be wise to complete a deal of a similar nature this summer to bring Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey to the club. According to the report, Roma have failed with a £36 million bid to sign Bailey as the offer falls below the £45 million asking price Leverkusen have slapped on his head.
In the current economic climate, £45 million for a player of Bailey’s enormous potential represents excellent value for money, so Liverpool would be foolish not to explore the possibility of agreeing a transfer outside of the window.
Bailey was in electric form in the Bundesliga last season as he scored 9 goals and provided 6 assists from 30 outings, and his performances certainly caught the eye of supporters across Europe.
With blistering pace and direct dribbling at the core of his style, there are plenty of comparisons to be drawn between Bailey and Man City’s Riyad Mahrez and with adequate time to develop there’s no doubt the 21-year-old could blossom into a Premier League title winner.
Bailey’s versatility to operate on either the left or right wing would also give Klopp the opportunity to experiment with different combinations on both flanks, so there’s no doubt there would be plenty of first-team opportunities for him despite Liverpool’s strength in depth in attacking positions.
Whilst Leverkusen are willing to accept offers of £45 million Liverpool should capitalise on the situation by matching the asking price and agreeing a future transfer similar to how they concluded negotiations with Leipzig or, failing that, they should return with an offer in the January transfer window before his value skyrockets out of their reach.
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