Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is, without a doubt, one of the Bundesliga’s most exciting young talents and Bayern Munich is keen on signing him. The 19-year-old is also poised to make a name for himself on the German national team, having already made three appearances for the senior squad.
In a recent interview with kicker, captured by Bundesliga.com, Die Mannschaft manager Joachim Löw said he already sees a lot of veteran qualities in Havertz, coming off of the best season of his career with Leverkusen:
To play such a season at 19 and score 17 goals is exceptional. With Kai Havertz I asked myself after the first time he trained with us whether he could’ve already been with us for a year or two. It seemed as if he’d always played with the others. I’ve seen that very, very rarely with a player before.
Havertz has shown the versatility to play both as a central midfielder, or as a winger in a system that deploys a front three, which increases his propsects of seeing time with the national team. He does face stiff competition with Die Mannschaft with such a star-studded cast, but the fact that Löw says he already looks like a veteran player makes it seem as if he plans on using Havertz in the near future. With the upcoming European Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and then Estonia, two matches where Germany are the odds-on favorites, Löw should have some flexibility with his lineup decisions.
It was initially reported that Leverkusen had just rejected a massive bid of €90-million from Bayern for Havertz, but that news was disputed by Christian Falk of Bild:
Update: according to @cfbayern, Bayern did not make a concrete offer for Havertz. The club backed away for this year but want him for next year.— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) June 3, 2019
It’s just also been announced today that Bayern will not be purchasing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on a permanent deal, so there will be a convenient space opening up for Havertz to potentially fill in, especially if the pursuit of Manchester City’s Leroy Sane fizzles out.
As BFW’s Marcus Iredahl said earlier this week, “€90 million for a player who turns 20 in eight days could be considered too much money too soon. But Havertz has proven this season why he is worth those type of sums. It seems that Völler would accept only a monster bid, since Havertz has two more years left on his contract, giving Leverkusen a full year before selling becomes imperative.”
Bayern really needs to decide whether or not they’re willing to spend that much money on such a young player who doesn’t have as much experience under his belt as someone like Sane. Havertz might offer more flexibility than Sane, but does Bayern really need another central midfielder as much as they need a winger, given the departures of both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery? It is still early in the transfer window, but Bayern certainly has to decide whether or not they’ll be willing to splurge for Havertz, or even Sane for that matter.
Would this be worth €90-million to see him do in a red Bayern kit?
Kai Havertz can do mad things with a football at his feet pic.twitter.com/Zh8AzW2YTY— Goal (@goal) May 16, 2019