Amongst the most highly-rated young players in world football at present, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is attracting admiring glances from several of Europe’s elite following his performances in the Bundesliga.
The midfielder has starred since the resumption of Germany’s top flight behind-closed-doors, scoring five goals in five appearances and thriving in a variety of roles in both midfield and the forward line.
Premier League sides are believed to be monitoring the progress of a 20-year-old with over a century of Bundesliga appearances to his name already, but who are the leading contenders to sign the Germany international?
Here are the five favourites to sign Bundesliga wunderkind Kai Havertz:
Manchester United – 20/1
Manchester United and are believed to be amongst the clubs ready to capitalise on the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with Ole Gunnar Solskajer targeting a host of exciting additions this summer.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish are the two players linked strongly with moves to Old Trafford, but the name of Havertz is one that refuses to go away.
Speculation has suggested the midfielder would be interested in a potential move to English football, where the opportunity to be a key figure in an emerging project at United could appeal.
Paul Pogba’s future also remains uncertain with links to Real Madrid and Juventus, could Havertz arrive as the Frenchman’s replacement and form a devastating attacking midfield partnership alongside impressive mid-season signing Bruno Fernandes?
Manchester City – 16/1
Manchester City’s approach to the transfer market is likely to depend on the success of the club’s appeal against their two-season ban from the Champions League, the Court of Arbitration for Sport set to provide their verdict on City’s fate in the coming weeks.
The success of the Etihad side and the presence of Pep Guardiola means a move to the blue half of Manchester retains plenty of appeal, but will Europe’s finest be willing to accept two seasons without continental competition?
City could be in the market for an attacking midfield talent with the long-serving David Silva set to depart this summer after a decade at the club, and Havertz – whilst different in physique and style – could prove the ideal long-term replacement for the Spaniard.
Phil Foden, however, will surely have one eye on filling that role.
Liverpool – 6/1
Liverpool’s success of late has seen the club linked with a host of Europe’s leading stars, and the Merseyside club remain the second favourites to sign Havertz despite widespread reports the club will conduct minimal business in the summer window.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is well-stocked to continue challenging for honours which much of the side at the peak of their powers, but an often work-man like midfield could be boosted by the arrival of the creative Havertz.
The Reds remain reliant on their front three for goals and the goalscoring record of the Germany international – who has hit 26 league goals over the past two seasons to date – would add a different dimension to Klopp’s side should Liverpool find the funds to secure his services.
Liverpool are yet to truly replace Philippe Coutinho and whilst the side have undoubtedly moved on since the Brazilian’s departure, Klopp may be keen to add increased creativity and goal threat ahead of next season, particularly with the prospect of losing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to a mid-season Africa Cup of Nations.
Chelsea – 10/3
Frank Lampard’s revolution at Chelsea has accelerated with the west London outfit moving quickly to strengthen ahead of next season, the Blues having already announced the capture of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and quickly closing in on a deal for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
Recent reports have suggested Roman Abramovich is as enthusiastic as ever about restoring the Blues to a status as contenders for major honours, with Havertz the next star signing on the club’s radar.
Chelsea are believed to be preparing an offer to bring Havertz to Stamford Bridge this summer, and an exciting window could yet still improve with the arrival of the German international in a big-money deal.
Lampard’s squad is well-stocked with attacking midfield talent including the likes of Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, though a move for Leverkusen’s rising star could be the club’s latest statement of intent.
Bayern Munich – 2/1
Bayern Munich is always popular with football fans and bettors, and it’s no surprise that the Bavarian giants are at the front of the queue for Germany’s brightest young talent, FC Hollywood having a long standing tradition of raiding rivals clubs to maintain their status as the dominant force in the Bundesliga.
The prospect of Havertz marauding behind the lethal Robert Lewandowski is surely a tantalising prospect for Germany’s biggest club, who are keen to strengthen this summer as they look to add a sixth Champions League to their burgeoning silverware collection in the coming seasons.
Manchester City’s Leroy Sane remains a top target for Bayern, and the additions of both Sane and Havertz – two of Germany’s finest attacking talents – would represent a superb summer of business for Hans-Dieter Flick’s side.
Perhaps crucially, Havertz is thought to be keen on a move to the Allianz Arena.