Aston Villa have announced that they have “reached an agreement” with Bayer Leverkusen for the signing of Leon Bailey.
Bailey has been one of the standout players in the Bundesliga over the past few seasons. He has consistently been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years.
The attacker shone for Leverkusen last season as he grabbed nine goals and eight assists from his 30 league outings.
Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed via Twitter that the deal will be worth around £30m.
They announced via their official website that Bailey now only needs to complete a medical and to finalise personal terms:
“Aston Villa and Bayer Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Leon Bailey subject to the player completing a medical and finalising personal terms.”
“I’m so excited to see this one. I’ve heard a lot about him over the past two or three seasons.
“He’s obviously still very young but he’s electric, he gets people off their seats. That’s what you want in a player.
“But what’s more impressive, 15 goals and 11 assists from wide areas in the German league. That’s unbelievable. It’s the kind of consistency you want from your wingers.
“That’s no disrespect to who is there at the moment because in flashes they could be brilliant, but in certain games they might be a lot quieter.
“I think this would be an unbelievable signing that the fans and the club can be excited about. It shows the direction that they are moving in.
“It’s not just a case of bringing in an experienced player He’s a young, hungry player who is already experienced and could be at the club for another four, five, six years.
“He will improve what is already there. He isn’t just a squad player, he will make the team better.
“To be an Aston Villa fan at the moment, they must be more excited than they have been in a long, long time.“