Leon Bailey’s potential Genk exit isn’t the most textbook of situations, and we covered the situation, as reported by the Belgian media, in depth on Wednesday morning.
Here’s a quick run-down of the situation:
- Bailey missed Genk training on Sunday without permission, with it later being claimed he travelled to watch Bayer Leverkusen, a club he has a personal agreement with.
- Everton were listed as an interested club and singled out as able to afford Genk’s €25m asking price.
- Hull City were brought into the situation and it was claimed they also have a personal agreement with Bailey, and are ready to pay €11m for 75% of the player’s rights.
- Bailey’s step-father Craig Butler was stated as being due the other 25%, bringing worries of third party ownership.
- The Bailey camp are keen for the buying club to also sign Bailey’s half-brother Kyle Butler.
- Intermediaries have been working in the middle of a potential deal, acting for both the buying and selling sides.
Assuming there’s still any interest from Everton or Hull City in signing the 19 year old, despite the situation, another ‘snippet’ has now been added.
Belgium’s Voetbal Krant say football investment company Doyen are also involved, and they explain how that brings further worries about third party ownership.
It’s claimed Craig Butler has signed some sort of agreement with Doyen, allowing them to buy up a percentage of the player’s rights.
Bailey may be talented, but it could be a good idea for Everton and Hull to back away.