Europe’s major clubs have been put on alert after Kai Havertz suggested he’s ready to leave Bayer Leverkusen and “take a big step up” following months of speculation over his departure.
Havertz, 20, joined Leverkusen’s academy in 2010 and became the club’s youngest-ever senior debutant in October 2016 (aged 17 years, 126 days). He’s since broken Bundesliga records as the youngest player to make 50 appearances and 100 appearances in the first tier of German football.
Liverpool are the foreign club most strongly associated with a move for the attacking midfielder, who told Bild (via Goal’s Ronan Murphy) he’s ready to leave his native land to realise his aspirations:
Havertz is one of, if not the most coveted prospect emerging from the Bundesliga. The Mirror’s Matt Maltby wrote the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus are also keeping tabs on his progress at the BayArena, while it seems only too likely Bayern Munich will be monitoring his status.
The youngster—who has seven caps for Germany and is capable of playing in a variety of attacking roles—had scored 10 goals and recorded eight assists in 34 games across all competitions before the European campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus.
Havertz was also satisfied to hear he is the most valuable German player on Transfermarkt, as writer Manuel Veth added to rumours of Bayern’s interest:
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller hinted at a possible transfer in February when he told German programme 100% Bundesliga (via Connor O’Neill of the Liverpool Echo) his club would “see how it looks in summer.”
Any summer transfer window looks likely to be severely disrupted as a result of the current pandemic, and it’s likely many clubs won’t be able to spend as much when football returns. That same logic could apply to selling clubs, too, who may be more willing to deal for cut-price sums in a bid to balance the books.
Havertz’s contract expires in June 2022, and his most recent comments suggest an extension is off the table.