After bursting onto the scene over the last year or so, Kai Havertz is gaining plenty of interest from the Premier League’s biggest clubs.
If you are a keen follower of world football, you will likely have heard the name Kai Havertz floating around over the last few years. The German, who has become the successor to Mesut Ozil in the national team, has been a revelation for Bayer Leverkusen ever since breaking into the first team a few years ago, at the tender age of just 17.
While Havertz has been a Bundesliga regular for some time now (he hit 100 Leverkusen caps before age 20), he didn’t start achieving global attention until the 2018-19 season, which can comfortably be considered his breakout campaign.
He notched a stunning 17 Bundesliga goals while operating primarily as an attacking midfielder last season, and including his output this season, Havertz has 26 goals and 17 assists in 83 starts and 18 substitute appearances in his Bundesliga career – a stunning total for someone who only turned 20 in the summer.
Now, heads are starting to turn towards Leverkusen and Havertz in particular, as he looks to take the next step in his career – playing for a contending club.
While you might expect him to end up at Bayern, like most decent German players in the Bundesliga do, most of the links to Havertz at the moment are coming from the Premier League, which makes it seem as if his future lies in England.
According to The Mirror and The Metro, Manchester United and Liverpool are the front-runners for the German’s signature, which will likely cost upwards of £100 million. Manchester City are also rumoured to be lurking around this saga, intending to replace David Silva with the next great number 10 of this generation in Havertz.
Liverpool’s acquisition of the relatively young and extremely versatile Takumi Minamino might put a damper in this deal for them particularly, but you never know what Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp might have up their sleeve. As for Manchester United, they’re in desperate need of more creativity and production in their front 4, and Havertz could prove to be the missing piece of the puzzle for them.