‘Mourinho likes him so much’ – Journalist claims Spurs boss wants to sign this winger

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Dom Le Roy

While Tottenham Hotspur have already introduced three new faces to their squad this summer, namely Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart, and Matt Doherty, Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Mourinho remains keen on Leon Bailey.

The transfer expert told the Last Word On Spurs podcast this week that Mourinho is a big fan of the Bayer Leverkusen winger, as is the Tottenham board.

Bailey has been linked with a move to North London of late, with Sport1 claiming that Spurs watched him on multiple occasions last season.

However, Romano highlighted the main issues in securing such a deal this summer, stating that Leverkusen did not need to sell after raking in big money for Kai Havertz and Volland.

Not only this, but the journalist believes that Tottenham would have to come in with a bid of around £53m to sign Bailey at the moment.

Tottenham already have an abundance of talent in the wing areas with Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Erik Lamela, Ryan Sessegnon, and more. However, Romano is adamant that Bailey remains a ‘possibility’ for the future.

He told the Last Word On Spurs podcast (35 minutes): “The name targeted is Leon Bailey, Jose Mourinho likes him so much. Tottenham were following and I would keep this name as a possibility. But the real problem is that Bayer Leverkusen don’t need money, they sold Havertz to Chelsea and Volland to Monaco. If you want to take Bailey from Leverkusen you have to pay a big fee or around 50 to 60 million euros [£53 million]. But, for sure, the player is appreciated by Mourinho and by the board, so he’s a possibility, but we need to wait.”

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