Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt has confirmed the Bundesliga club’s interest in Genk winger Leon Bailey, who has been linked with Manchester United.
Bailey has scored four goals in six Europa League appearances for his side this term.
“He’s got a lot of pace, he’s technically skilled, and someone we are looking at in the long run,” Schmidt told the Rheinische Post on Monday.
“Everything else would be derelict.”
Earlier on Monday, Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade already confirmed the club’s interest in Bailey when he called him a “highly interesting player” in kicker. He however rejected that Bayer have made a bid for the left-footed winger.
“Our intention is to keep Leon.” Genk CEO Patrick Janssens told Nieuwsblad. “We only want to negotiate clubs who want to sign him in the summer but at the moment there are no offers on the table even for an immediate transfer.”
Bailey could succeed Germany international Julian Brandt, if the 20-year-old leaves Leverkusen in the summer.