Manchester United and Chelsea set to miss out on starlet

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Premier League title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea appear to have missed out on a shared transfer target, with reports suggesting that Leon Bailey has reached a verbal agreement to join Eredivisie giants Ajax.

16-year-old Jamaican starlet Bailey has been impressing of late after serving an internship with Racing Genk in the Belgian Pro League. 

He had reportedly been attracting attention from across Europe, with United linked with his signature along with Jose Mourinho's Blues, Manchester City and Liverpool alongside Standard Liege and Serie A champions Juventus.

That aforementioned stellar list of European heavyweights appear to have missed out here, however, with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reporting that Bailey is on the verge of completing a switch to the Amsterdam Arena on an initial three-year deal.

Bailey, an extremely versatile attacking talent blessed with good pace, is the latest player who would appear to have opted against any potential possibility of moving to Old Trafford.

New United manager David Moyes has endured a tough opening spell in the job since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer and the most recent transfer window saw the club miss out on a number of high-profile targets.

Chelsea fans, meanwhile, will presumably not be too concerned to have missed out in this instance given the impressive abundance of attacking threat already residing within their current squad. 

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