Reports from earlier this week suggested that Bayern Munich were potentially interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz during next summer’s transfer window. The 19-year-old would fit the billing in Bayern’s aging midfield, but the Bavarians may have to wait until 2022, when his current contract expires, to acquire his services.
Leverkusen sporting director Jonas Boldt remained confident in an interview with Sport1 that the club will have no problem keeping hold of Havertz for years to come. Havertz’s current contract has no buy-out clause, and Boldt feels that Havertz is at the right club and happy where he’s at, despite the club’s lackluster start to the 2018/2019 campaign:
There’s no reason to get worried. His future lies in Leverkusen, Here, Kai has an environment where he can develop excellently. It’s nice to see that the young man is making progress from month to month.
Havertz dazzled in his recent start for the German national team vs Russia. Boldt insisted, however, that there had not been any formal transfer inquiries for Havertz on account of his close relationship with Leverkusen:
We’re obviously delighted that he delivered such a performance in his starting debut for the national team. That also confirms our way in Leverkusen. The club, player, and surroundings have thus far been in agreement that Leverkusen is the right club; hence, logically, there have not been any inquiries.
Even though Havertz does not have a buy-out clause in his Leverkusen contract, Bayern could, of course, make a significant offer to bring him to Munich. But it would take a massive transfer fee to convince Leverkusen to let him go. When all is said and done, an offer would likely be in the ballpark of €80m-€90m to pry Havertz out of his current contract and please all parties involved.
According to transfermarkt, the 19-year-old is currently valuated at around €55m, but that figure could easily increase if he continues to perform well for both club and country. Not to mention the fact that Spanish giants FC Barcelona have shown an interest in bringing the German to Catalonia, which could give Leverkusen the luxury of spiking their asking price if they do, in fact, entertain considerable offers.
We leave you with his savory assist to Serge Gnabry in Germany’s 3-0 win over Russia:
GOAL Gnabry! Perfect assist by Kai Havertz! 3-0pic.twitter.com/F7NHpeGfof— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) November 15, 2018