London (AFP) – Aston Villa signed Jamaica’s forward Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen in a £ 30 million ($ 41 million) transaction reported Wednesday.
23-year-old Bailey has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League club to prepare for the potential for England playmaker Jack Grealish.
Grealish is associated with the move of Premier League champions to Manchester City, and Villa wants to be able to fill the void if Bailey loses his captain.
“Leon is a very exciting young striker with great pace and creativity,” Villa Manager Dean Smith told the club’s website.
“He has had a successful career at Leverkusen and looks forward to demonstrating his skills and talents to Aston Villa in the Premier League.”
Bailey has scored 39 goals in four years at Leverkusen in the Bundesliga and has also played in the Champions League and Europa League.
He is the signing of the end of the third season of the villa after the arrival of Norwich’s Emi Buendía and Ashley Young from Inter Milan.
“For me, it’s a great club with a big history and it’s the right step for me. I’m excited to get started,” Bailey said.
“I always wanted to play somewhere. I’m excited to feel that it’s the right time.
“Hopefully, I can do my best to have a great season in the Premier League.”
– Soccer Sports
Aston Villa signs with Leverkusen’s Bailey
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