Monday, July 22, 2024

TRANSFERS: £100m man Kai Havertz to stay in Germany?

According to Sky Germany, Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz wants to stay in Germany in the next transfer window, but not with his current team.

Where could Havertz go?

Havertz is reportedly favouring a move to the German champions, Bayern Munich, over a move to the Premier League.

A number of Premier League teams including Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are all tracking the 20-year-old.

If he is to move away, it will take sizeable fee to prise him away from the clutches of Leverkusen.

Leverkusen reportedly want a fee in the region of £100m for Havertz this summer, but Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert has warned the summer window could ‘collapse’ amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite that, Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick sees Havertz as the perfect candidate to bolster his midfield.

Bayern already have a number of options who play in a similar role to Havertz but with Philippe Coutinho’s loan up at the end of the season, there will be a gap to be filled.

It seems likely Havertz will be the man to fill it.

What will Bayern be getting for their money?

Havertz is a versatile attacking midfielder who can, and regularly does, play in a whole host of different roles for his club.

His primary position is the number ten role, shadowing the striker – he’s lined up there on 18 occasions during the 2019/20 season.

As well as that, he’s played 10 games on the right wing, three in a more flat central midfield role as well as three as a centre forward.

In terms of output, the German has bagged 10 goals and 8 assists in his 34 appearances across all competitions this season.

Interestingly, despite attacking midfield being his primary role, Havertz has actually been more productive from the right this season, bagging five goals and five assists from his ten matches from that position.

By contrast, he has just three goals and two assists from his 18 games playing in the attacking midfield position.

What all this means is that it, should he sign for Bayern Munich, they will have another player capable of playing in any position in their offence.

Bayern have a long history of hoovering up all the young German talent from the Bundesliga in recent years, and I’d expect this case to be no different.

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