Over the past year Kai Havertz has cemented himself as one of, if not the most sought-after talent in world football.
Havertz has been one of the Bundesliga’s best players for nearly two years now, so it beggars belief that he only turned 21 two days ago. The attacking Midfielder is already valued at upwards of £90 million, and with the achievements he’s made at such a young age it’s clear to see why.
In 2016 he became Leverkusen’s youngest ever player to debut in the Bundesliga and quickly became the youngest player to play for the club in the Champions league months later. By 2018, at the age of just 18 years and 307 days he had become the youngest player to reach 50 appearances in the German top flight.
Today he is inarguably the most influential player in the Bayer Leverkusen team, he’s become a versatile player who can play anywhere across the forward line and has already bagged 11 goals and five assists in the league so far this season.
This form has commanded interest from multiple elite clubs across Europe including Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
But what’s the most likely destination for the Germany international?
Although huge money details may be off the table for Barcelona this summer, there have been rumours that the Spanish giants could attempt to agree a swap deal for Havertz, with. Emerson Leite, Carles Aleñá and Marc Cucurella predicted as likely candidates for the potential trade.
There’s no doubt the 21-year old would fit in to Quique Setien’s side, For Leverkusen, he has played in various positions throughout the season such as a right winger and centre forward, but its obvious his best work comes in the number 10 role. An attacking midfield trio with Havertz between Lionel Messi and Antonio Griezmann would be a sight to behold.
Chelsea have just sealed an agreement with Timo Werner ‘in principle’ for him to move to England, with a £53million deal with RB Leipzig expected to be agreed thanks to a release clause in his contract, and its rumoured that the Blue’s focus is now on Havertz.
Havertz would face competition from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech in the number 10 role, but he could be used as a winger or central midfielder should the side adopt a 4-3-3 formation. He would be a great addition to Frank Lampard’s ever-improving side.
There’s no doubt Havertz the type of player that Jurgen Klopp would love to have in his team, and having an alternative option to Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to play in the front three would be ideal for the European Champions.
However, interest in the 21-year old from Liverpool has seemingly quietened down in the last couple of months, and with The Reds refusing to meet top target Timo Werner’s £52 million release clause, a summer transfer to Merseyside for Havertz is now looking unlikely.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho seems to be the priority signing for Manchester United, but that’s not to say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t make a swoop for Havertz too.
It’s clear that United need new personnel going forward, and an adaptable player like Havertz who can play anywhere across the midfield or forward lines would be perfect for the Red Devils.
Pep Guardiola has reportedly been eyeing the Bayern Leverkusen star for over a year now, and with Leroy Sane likely on his way out of the club City will be sure to be pushing to bring a replacement in.
Guardiola likes his players to be able to adapt to different positions so a player like Havertz would be ideal. However, securing his signature would mean they would have to break their transfer record for the third successive season.
Judging from reports from Germany, Bayern Munich has always been the expected destination for Havertz.
Hans-Dieter Flick’s sidehave been vocal about their interest in the 21-year old, and there’s no doubt he would be a valuable asset to the club and compliment their counter attacking style of play.
However, Bayern are not short of depth with attacking players, especially with Leroy Sane likely coming in. They may not be willing to splash out on two big money signings in one transfer window.
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