Liverpool have proven to be shrewd operators in the transfer market in recent seasons. Michael Edwards has gained a reputation as a keen negotiator with an eye for a bargain. One of his previous sales could be set to help land one of his alleged targets. In light of recent comments by Michael Ballack, Philippe Coutinho could be key to Liverpool landing Kai Havertz.
The Reds sold Coutinho to Barcelona in 2018 in a £142m deal.
Things haven’t worked out for him at the Camp Nou and he has subsequently found himself loaned out to Bayern Munich with the Bavarian giants having the option to buy him at the end of his loan period.
The Brazilian hasn’t had an awful start in Germany – he has made 12 starts and six substitute appearances in the Bundesliga, clocking six goals and six assists in this time.
According to Michael Ballack, speaking to Sport1, whether or not Bayern move for Kai Havertz depends on whether or not they keep ahold of Coutinho. The ex-Chelsea midfielder suggested:
“Whether you might be obliged to [sign Kai Havertz] depends on Philippe Coutinho’s future.”
This means that the form of the Brazilian could be crucial to Liverpool landing Kai Havertz.
If The Reds are interested in bringing in the midfielder then Bayern are their biggest competition.
Over the years Munich have become known for buying up the best young German talent, Mario Gotze and Joshua Kimmich are just two examples.
Inevitably, they are one of the front runners for Kai Havertz signature. If the Bavarians were to drop out of the race for the youngster it would be a huge boost for Liverpool’s hopes.
However, according to Melissa Reddy for The Independent: Liverpool are not interested in meeting Bayer Leverkusen’s £80m valuation of the 20-year-old.
This seems to be a saga that will drag on until the wonderkid’s next move is sealed.