Aston Villa F.C have completed the signing of Jamaica forward Leon Bailey from
Bayer Leverkusen on a four-year deal.
Villa announced an agreement for the transfer had been reached with the Bundesliga
side on Saturday.
Bailey had been offered to Premier League clubs this summer following Leverkusen’s
failure to qualify for the Champions League.
‘It is a great club with a big history,’ Bailey told the club’s official website. ‘I think it is
the next step for me and I am excited to get started.
Bailey was previously eligible to play for England due to two of his grandparents
holding British passports, and was being monitored by Gareth Southgate before
opting to represent his native Jamaica.
The announcement of Bailey’s arrival follows the news that Villa are set to accept
Manchester City’s £100m bid for captain Jack Grealish.
While Villa is yet to formally respond to City’s offer – which was made on Friday – it
is understood they are now willing to allow their captain to leave.
It means Grealish now has to decide whether he wants to move to the Etihad Stadium
in what would be the biggest transfer in English football history.
The previous record is held by Paul Pogba, who re-joined Manchester United for
£89m from Juventus in 2016.
Although they are now ready to accept City’s bid, Villa did offer Grealish a new and
improved contract earlier this summer, despite him only signing a five-year deal last