We saw how Matthijs de Ligt became the most coveted player in European football this summer, and we already have a big candidate to take the torch next year.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz has been drawing a lot of attention over the last year after his impressive performances with the German side. He was linked with a move to Liverpool and Bayern Munich earlier this summer, but now more teams are trying to secure a deal for the 20-year-old.
You have to be something special when you have the best football clubs in the world after you. Last season Havertz scored 20 goals across competitions and dished seven assists, turning a lot of heads to him.
That’s why a whole host of top European sides, including the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid are set to go at it and strike a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder.
The 2019/20 Bundesliga season started a couple of weeks ago, with Havertz playing at the same level he finished last campaign, netting one goal while having an incredible performance against Paderborn in the season opener.
As expected, European clubs re-ignited their interest in Kai, with German publication Sport 1 reporting that Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and United are all interested, while Barca, Bayern and Real Madrid are also name-checked.
It’s said that Barcelona have a slight advantage over the rest of the clubs since Havertz has shown his support to the La Liga giants since he was a kid. While German and Spanish sides are in a better position than Premier League squads right now, any move is not likely to come until next year, with no clubs making any contact with the player or his team.
When that time arrives, Havertz is likely to be sold by a fee of at least €100 million (£91m), similar to the prices Barcelona and Atletico Madrid paid this summer for Frenkie de Jong and Joao Felix, respectively.