According to reports from the Daily Mirror, Bayer Leverkusen are preparing themselves for a bid from Liverpool for wonderkid Kai Havertz this summer.
Havertz, 20, is widely considered as one of the brightest talents across Europe after being involved in 20 goals for the 2002 Champions League runners-up last season.
According to SportBild (via SportWitness), the Bundesliga giants will charge Liverpool €130m for Havertz should Jürgen Klopp seek to bring him to Anfield.
However, the European champions will face competition from Bayern Munich reports, Bild.
It is claimed that the Bundesliga holders, Liverpool and an unnamed Spanish outfit are said to be all be keeping tabs on the German midfielder.
Last season saw the youngster clock up 17 goals in 33 starts for Bayer, picking up three assists along the way.
The report also states that Leverkusen are indeed preparing themselves for further interest from Liverpool and ‘expect’ a formal bid from the Premier League champions-elect.
Any potential deal for Havertz will surely break Liverpool’s club-record transfer fee, which currently stands at £75m [BBC Sport] for the signing of Virgil van Dijk in 2018.
Jurgen Klopp will consider Havertz a potential Philippe Coutinho replacement in terms of adding some creativity to Liverpool’s armoury, The youngster would also add some further midfield back-up considering Adam Lallana is out of contract at the end of the season.
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller recently sung the midfielder’s praises, with Bild quoting him as saying:
“Kai has an extraordinary gift. He is good with his left foot, good with his right foot, has a good head, an outstanding technique, and he is fast.”
What RTK has to say
This is a transfer that will just not go away.
Liverpool will have to shatter their transfer record should they opt to add Havertz to their glowing collection of world-class talent. The Reds’ new lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike could pave the way for an opening bid and the Germany international may be tempted to join up with fellow countryman Klopp.
Havertz is widely considered the next goalscoring midfielder of his generation. With Liverpool’s current status as unrivalled kings of the world, it would certainly make sense for both parties to make the move happen next summer.