Kai Havertz might just be the most in-demand player in the world at the moment. According to a new report by Sport Bild, the Bayer Leverkusen prodigy is wanted by no less than seven top class clubs next summer, with the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona interested. If Bayern Munich want their German golden boy, they’ll have to fight for him.
According to the report, Havertz will decide his next destination in the coming weeks. The player is already in negotiations with seven big European clubs — Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool. Now while some teams might seem like rank outsiders in the race — why would Havertz choose United, for instance? — most of the clubs listed would be tempting destinations for the youngster.
Bayern and Barca are reportedly Havertz’s favorites, but numerous factors could influence the decision. Chief among them would be Bayern’s next coach — the player is noted as a fan of former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, and Bild claims that signing him would make Bayern the most appealing destination. However, Poch is also coveted by several of the aforementioned clubs, and the Bavarians could just as easily lose out on him (or opt for a different choice, either Hansi Flick or Erik ten Hag). Would that entail losing Havertz too?
In any case, the timing of this report should be noted. Bayern Munich face Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this Saturday, and it would be an opportunity for the bosses of the respective clubs to meet and discuss things without the eye of the media upon them. Havertz will surely come up as a topic of conversation. Was this information provided to Sport Bild by one or more parties as a negotiating tactic? Who can say? All we know is, a lot of the teams listed have no real need for a Havertz-type player, and the report is very conveniently timed.
Let’s see how things develop.