• Manchester United targets Leon Bailey
  • Jadon Sancho may be too expensive for Red Devils
  • Red Devils need to check on durability of Bailey

Manchester United has its mind set on acquiring Jadon Sancho, someone they are saving up for with hopes of acquiring him this summer. The asking price for the 20-year-old winger is roughly $144 million, a hefty amount that the Red Devils seemed to be ready for. The only problem is that United may find itself in a bidding war for Sancho with other teams like Liverpool also interested.

Aside from that, Borussia Dortmund is expected to make it tough for the Red Devils. In a previous post, head of licensing player department Sebastian Kehl shot down the possibility, pointing out how Sancho has two years left in his deal. However, anything can happen if United or some other team makes a ridiculous offer that would be hard to refuse.

United is slowing down on transfer targets to save up for Sancho and possibly Jack Grealish. Aside from that, Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward had reported taken out a loan to add to the team's cash budget. However, there is a limit on how much the Red Devils will spend. It is a reality that most teams are facing, meaning it may be best to look at other options. That other option could be Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, the Daily Mail reported.

Bailey was linked to a possible move to the Premier League two years ago but did not transpire. A reason for that is the 22-year-old Jamaican suffering injuries which prevented him from making the jump. Kai Havertz would be another feasible target but Bailey would cost a whole lot less. The asking fee for the Jamaican is reportedly $50 million.

Leon Bailey of Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Leon Bailey of Bayer 04 Leverkusen Getty Images | Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images

When health, Bailey could be a fine complement to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's talents. That includes the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. Odion Ighalo is also there but his stay is only up to January 2021. With his new deal holding a no buyout clause, the Nigerian is likely to return to his mother team in China, Shanghai Shenhua, by then.

Something that Solskjaer needs to figure out is the durability of Bailey. His history of injuries could pose a problem, meaning he could be spending more time on the sidelines than in the field. Regardless, Bailey has proven to be effective when healthy. He managed to still score five goals and two assists with the limited time he has played for Die Werkself.