Genk youngster Leon Bailey could move to Manchester United if they meet Genk’s asking value and permit the young player to stay with the Belgian side for the rest of the season this season.
Genk technical director Dimitri de Conde has said it will be an extreme effort holding the club’s young prospect like Leon Bailey past the January transfer window if a club like Manchester United come calling with great offers.
“If mega bids, by Belgian standards, are made, then we cannot reject it, and if the boys also feel ready for a step up then it will be very difficult to keep them in Genk. I must be ready with alternatives,” he told.
Bailey recently penned a new deal in this Summer and with his present contract set to keep running till 2020, it was usual that the Manchester United would presumed that it’s hard to secure the deal very cheaply.
‘”In the category of players 20 or under, then these boys are absolutely top talents, so I think a fee of between €20-€25 million is certainly warranted.”
However, the technical director also hopes that he will try to keep the player at least this year after selling to him to a big club and taking him on loan for the rest of the season.
“The ideal scenario would be that we reach a deal in January with the interested clubs but the guys stay here for the rest of the season. I’ll do that if I can.”
Bailey is a natural winger, can operate in the both wings and as well as can also play at the Central Forward position. He has scored six goals in 22 appearances for Genk this term, with four of them in the Europa League. The 18-year-old was also named the young player of the year in Belgium in 2015-16 season and was selected during the current year’s Golden Boy Nominations.
However, a month ago Bailey stated that he would dismiss a move to Manchester United and remain at Genk if he was not provided ample game-time. But with Memphis Depay set to depart the club and Ashley Young’s contract at the final stage and no talks of renewal of new contract in the air, a move to the Old Trafford could benefit the winger.