According to Talk Sport, reporting via Calciomercato, Chelsea have been warned off making an advance for Leon Bailey as the winger is not for sale this summer.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Bailey would have been a fine addition to Maurizio Sarri’s squad at Stamford Bridge. The wide man’s explosive pace and trickery, as well as his ability to produce end product, would have become a valuable weapon in the Blues’ arsenal.
With Bailey no longer a viable target though, Sarri will have to look elsewhere if he still wishes to add extra quality and depth to his flanks.
An option the Chelsea boss may want to consider is making a move for AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu.
The 24-year-old Milan man is not the same kind of player as Bailey. He is more technically reliant, and focuses on playing smart passes and finding little pockets of space, rather than using raw athleticism and quick feet to blitz beyond opponents.
The addition of another inventive player to Chelsea’s squad would be a smart one though. Last season, too much of the creative burden fell squarely upon the shoulders of Eden Hazard and Willian. The arrival of Calhanoglu would help share those duties around.
The Turkish international’s prowess from set pieces would also add another dimension to the Blues’ attacking play.
Transfermarkt value Calhanoglu at £24.3 million. Considering he only joined AC Milan last summer, and enjoyed a fine debut campaign in Serie A featuring 6 goals and 8 assists, the Rossoneri will be loathe to let their man go.
Chelsea have the financial muscle to force a deal through though, which they should seriously consider doing.
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