Paper Talk: Secret talks put Man Utd in pole position to sign £40m winger

Date published: Sunday 7th March 2021 9:45 - Rob McCarthy

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Manchester United have already held secret talks over signing a Bundesliga winger this summer, while Sunday’s transfer gossip also claims that West Ham are chasing a Stuttgart striker.


Manchester United have reportedly already held talks with Leon Bailey over a transfer this summer.

The Red Devils are keen to know about the Bayer Leverkusen winger’s availability in advance, hence the early contact, as reported in the Daily Express.

Bailey has been a player in demand ever since he joined Leverkusen from Genk in Janiuary 2017.

The Jamaica international, who can play on both wings, has scored 36 times in 148 appearances for the German side.

He is renowned for his lightning pace and ability to beat players and would give United another dimension in attack.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the hunt for new forward options, with a new right-winger his main priority.

Bailey fits the bill perfectly, despite being a left-footer, although the Red Devils will have rivals to see off first.

The player’s agent is also reported to have held talks with Tottenham and AC Milan over a potential switch.

However, United are still thought to be the frontrunners for one of the most exciting talents in European football.

Bailey’s potential arrival would likely lead to exits at Old Trafford, with Anthony Martial’s name mentioned in tha regard.

The France striker has struggled for goals this season. However, a former United star believes selling him would be a big mistake.

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West Ham are among the clubs monitoring Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic. (Mail on Sunday)

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has admitted Erling Haaland moving to the German giants is ‘very much possible’.  (Mail on Sunday)

Jack Grealish is confident he will be fit to return to Aston Villa’s team at Newcastle on Friday after a four-match absence. (Mail on Sunday)

Celtic are closing on Wigan Athletic’s highly-rated young striker Kyle Joseph.  (Mail on Sunday)

Wolves defender Dion Sanderson is attracting interest from Sheffield United, Brighton and Crystal Palace.  (Mail on Sunday)

Raphinha is reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. (Sunday Express)


PSG are tracking David de Gea’s Manchester United situation ahead of an ambitious summer raid. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane as alternatives to Erling Haaland. (Sun on Sunday)

PSG are reportedly willing to pay David Alaba’s £400,000-a-week wages when he becomes a free agent this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Mo Salah is reportedly exploring a potential exit from struggling Premier League champions Liverpool. (Sun on Sunday)

Brighton are set to join the auction for Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong – and give West Ham a run for their money. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are planning to open talks with Germany defender Antonio Rudiger over a new deal. But Tottenham would be interested if the Blues fail to reach an agreement.

Manchester City want to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, but Everton are also keen on the Frenchman (Tuttosport)

Barcelona’s limited finances mean they cannot afford a move for Wolves forward Adama Traore. (Mundo Deportivo)

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future is believed to be as unclear as ever amid silence from agent Mino Raiola. (Sunday Mirror)

Southampton striker Danny Ings has hinted he wants to play for Liverpool in the Champions League. (Sunday Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s American owners have got his back. (Sunday Mirror)


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