Chelsea face competition from Roma in race to sign 20-year-old starlet

first_img Bailey is a versatile winger who plays on the left, but can also be utilised on the right 2 2 The starlet notched nine goals and six assists in the Bundesliga last season Chelsea will reportedly have to fight off Roma in order to sign Leon Bailey this summer.The young winger was previously understood to be targeting a Premier League move ahead of the 2018/19 season, but now it is being claimed that the Giallorossi are also aiming to secure his signature. According to the Standard, the Serie A side have switched focus to Bailey after missing out on Bordeaux’s Malcom, who is signing for Barcelona instead.This transfer domino effect has apparently come full circle, as Barca’s decision to sign Malcom instead of Chelsea’s Willian has left the Blues uncertain as to whether they will still bid to sign Bailey.Therefore, Roma could be set to swoop, however the 20-year-old’s father and agent has declared he is yet to hear anything from the Italians. “Roma were interested in Leon a couple of years ago, but since then I haven’t heard from the Giallorossi,” he explained.“Being linked to a great club like Roma is an honour if it were true. I don’t know if Roma are speaking to some intermediary, but they’d have to talk to me.“It wouldn’t be wise not to listen to Roma, but always respecting our agreement with Bayer Leverkusen, a club that has my respect.”last_img