Chelsea will reportedly consider a move for Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey if Christian Pulisic leaves the club.
According to the Daily Mail, Bailey as being looked as by Todd Boehly as a replacement for the potentially departing Pulisic.
Graham Potter’s side is set to go undergo more changes before now and the end of the season, whether that be new signings or players bidding farewell.
January is still over a month away, but Boehly appears to already have his eyes on several transfers.
One that could involve both Bailey and Pulisic.
The Daily Mail claim Villa’s £25m signing has been on Chelsea’s radar for a while, due to impressing during spells at Genk and Bayer Leverkusen.
His lightening pace is clearly an attractive ability: he was the recorded as the third-fastest player in German top flight history last year.
Whilst in the Bundesliga, Bailey played alongside current Stamford Bridge star Kai Havertz.
“I’m very happy for him, of course,” said the Villa Park forward on Havertz in 2020.
“He’s very, very talented – I think we all know that.”
Chelsea chase after Bailey
Boehly might use this fondness to tease the Jamaica international away Unai Emery’s grasp, alongside Bailey’s friendship with Raheem Sterling.
Yet, the 24-year-old may not get a chance to rekindle with Havertz or Sterling unless a space opens up in Potter’s front line.
Chelsea already have plans to add Christopher Nkunku to their squad, as well as possibly another striker.
Someone must set sail from South West London for this to realistically work out efficiently.
Pulisic is one those most likely to be displaced by the Blues, having rarely been a regular starter in the past few campaigns.
If the American goes, Bailey might be able to step into his shoes.