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Milan keeping a close eye on Leon Bailey

One of the hottest names in Europe is Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey. Milan will look to capitalize on their positive relationship with the Bundesliga side this summer.

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Financial Fair-Play will inevitably hang over the moves Milan sporting director Massimo Mirabelli can make this summer.

What this means for the club that currently finds itself in seventh place in the Serie A table, is that for every player Mirabelli hopes to bring in, he’ll have to shed an equally expensive member of the current Rossoneri roster.

With a wish list that includes the likes of Max Meyer, Andrea Belotti and Julian Brandt, Calciomercato insists that the most exciting prospect Milan is now linked to is fellow Leverkusen playmaker Leon Bailey.

At 20, the Jamaican winger and former Genk product reminds me of a young (healthy) Gareth Bale. Capable of playing out of the back, Bailey has electric speed, unparalleled pace and poised technique well beyond his years.

A deadly shot from well outside the box, Bailey is grace and power in motion. A winger that can quickly cover the entire left flank and help out on defense, while sending in crosses with the greatest of ease is something that Milan desperately need in the upcoming transfer window.

Should manager Gennaro Gattuso’s side continue their good run of form — enabling Rino to keep his role as manager — slotting Bailey opposite Suso in a 4-4-3 would create a deadly mix with the sharpshooting skills of young Patrick Cutrone continuing to mature in the middle.

On the season, Bailey has been exceptional; bagging eight goals, five assists and a 7.51 rating in 19 Bundesliga appearances.

With both Chelsea and Liverpool hoping to bring Bailey to England, Mirabelli is well aware he’ll have his hands full come June.

But perhaps last summer’s dealings with Leverkusen for Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu could give the Rossoneri the edge they’ll need in negotiations.

According to Bild, although Bailey is signed until 2022, Leverkusen will allow him to exit, but only for bids that begin at €35 million. Transfermarkt estimates that Bailey’s current value is at €28 million.