CHELSEA are hopeful of beating Manchester United and Arsenal to the £85million signing of Leon Bailey, according to reports.
The Bayer Leverkusen winger, 22, is one of Europe's most exciting young wingers and has attracted plenty of interest over recent seasons.
And according to the Sunday Express, Chelsea sent scouts to watch Bailey in action as he came off the bench against Rangers on Thursday.
The Jamaican international replaced Karim Bellarabi with half an hour remaining at Ibrox but he caused plenty of damage to Steven Gerrard's side.
Bailey scored a crucial third away goal with two minutes to go to ensure the Bundesliga side took a 3-1 first-leg advantage.
He picked up the ball inside the box, cut inside brilliantly and curled a neat right-footed finish beyond Allan McGregor.
The goal was his seventh of the season although he did miss six weeks in the autumn through injury and then picked up two red cards once he did return to action, limiting himself to 22 appearances so far this term.
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