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Daily Schmankerl: Bosz expects Kai Havertz to be sold — for over €100m

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Bayer Leverkusen’s head coach Peter Bosz is resigned to the departure of his star midfielder this summer.

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Kai Havertz scores from the penalty spot against the Glasgow Rangers, March 12, 2020.
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Peter Bosz expects Kai Havertz to be sold (TransfermarktUS, SPORT1)

“Our goal is to develop top talents and sell them,”

Bayer Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz already is resigned to the imminent departure of 20-year-old midfield star Kai Havertz. “Havertz is impossible to hold onto this coming summer,” Bosz told the Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad (via SPORT1). “It will be a transfer for €100m. What am I saying — for more than €100m.”

SPORT1 confirms in their write-up of the interview that Bayer is indeed seeking total of €130m, “including bonuses.” Leverkusen intends to make the most of the money. Bosz said (TM), “For the €100 million, we will receive, we will bring in players for three or four different positions.”

Manuel Veth at TransfermarktUS (which you should follow on Twitter) writes,

The sense in Munich is that they can get their player for less and that the current demands by Bayer are postering. Havertz, however, has been in excellent form since the winter break scoring eight of his overall 11 scorer points since the Bundesliga restarted in January. ”We showed him during the winter break that he doesn’t have enough presence in the box,” Bosz said. “Now, he is there more often, and his assists and goals have exploded.”

An earlier report put Bayern Munich’s estimate of Havertz rather idealistically at roughly half Leverkusen’s price, in the neighborhood of €60m. A transfer fee that low seems laughable, particularly since well-moneyed competitors are also in the race for Havertz. Besides Bayern, Liverpool, PSG, and Barcelona remain interested. While Real Madrid and Juventus has supposedly — like Bayern — distanced themselves in light of Leverkusen’s high price.

After a difficult first half, Havertz has turned things around at Leverkusen, helping his club win its last four Bundesliga games while participating in five goals and dazzling in Glasgow in the Europa League.

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