Barcelona want Kai Havertz, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly looked at the German for some time before deciding he was too expensive.
German outlet Sport1 believes Barcelona are after the 20-year-old. They believe the Spanish champions could offer players in return if they do formalise a bid.
That appears to be their strategy this summer, t00. Reports elsewhere claim they’re offering players to Inter for Lautaro Martinez, for instance.
And this news should be of note to Liverpool. The Reds supposedly wanted Havertz and tracked him for some time before deciding that the £80m asking price was too much.
That’s according to the Independent, who said back in February that Liverpool valued Havertz at half that price.
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This is the latest twist in Havertz’s future. It looked likely that he’d join Bayern Munich, going by this April report from Sky. SportBild then claimed this month that Bayern had dropped their interest this summer.
Sport1’s report would back that up, of course. Havertz, once looking like a certainty for Bavaria, may be available again.
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This would certainly hurt any hopes Liverpool had of a price drop. Barcelona look likely to use players as a way to meet asking prices during the current economic climate, giving them an advantage.
As no one really knows how much players are worth right now, using other players is smart. They retain their value relative to one another, of course, meaning Barcelona can guarantee Bayer Leverkusen a fixed return for Havertz.
If they do that, it’s very unlikely that Havertz’s price will drop to the £40m Liverpool apparently hoped for.