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Premier League Elite competing to sign Bundesliga star

Liverpool are set to join Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in the hunt for the signature of Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey, reports the Metro.

The 20-year old forward has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga this season, putting in a series of eye-catching displays which have seen him score 10 goals and 5 assists in 22 appearances. Chelsea were reported to have offered £20 million for the Jamaican in the January window but that was turned down, which is likely to trigger a bidding war for his services in the summer.

Liverpool were linked heavily with a move for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, but have now turned their attention elsewhere as they seek a replacement for Phillipe Coutinho because they believe the Frenchman favours a move to Barcelona.

Bailey is not likely to come cheap, with Leverkusen officials suggesting a fee of £100 million might be needed to prise him away from Germany. A fee in that order would represent a huge profit for Bayer for a player who they bought for €20 million (£18 million) from Belgian club Genk only last summer.

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