Liverpool could have potentially been dealt a blow in their reported pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid, Kai Havertz.
According to Kicker, the 20-year-old sensation could sign a new contract with Bayer and remain at the German club next season.
The Bundesliga outfit currently value the German international in the region of €100 million (£90.29 million) with none of Europe’s linked heavyweights reportedly willing to pay such an eye-watering fee.
The report also suggests that Havertz’s new deal could extend to 2021 where he will then be free to choose his next footballing destination.
According to The Express, Havertz one of Liverpool’s top midfield targets for the upcoming summer transfer window with manager Jurgen Klopp reportedly interested by the possibility of linking up with his countryman.
Bayer manager Peter Bosz did admit recently to Algemeen Dagblad that the German side would sell their talisman this summer but that they will not budge regarding the suggested price tag.
Havetrz has been a sensation in the German top-flight over the past two seasons in the Bundesliga. Much of the interest for the youngster has stemmed from the attacking midfielder’s versatility and adaptability to alternate styles of play.
He can play as a winger, in central midfielder or even in the No.10 role – he has scored six goals and has registered five assists in 22 Bundesliga matches this campaign.
The youngster has even captained his club side in numerous Europa League matches having scored three goals and provided two assists after Bayer were eliminated from the Champions League group-stages last year.
What RTK has to say
The contract situation shouldn’t change too much regarding Liverpool’s reported interest in Havertz.
If the Reds deem that the transfer is both plausible and at an appropriate cost then there is no reason why Michael Edwards and FSG won’t ramp up their interest in Havertz.
Liverpool traditionally under the ownership of the American sports group will not spend gargantuan figures on players unless they are deemed as transformative and must-have signings – such as Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
If Klopp and the Reds were to sign Havertz it would most likely mean Liverpool will have to break their club-record fee to land the talented German.