In the latest print edition of SportBild, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz said he’s ready to take a big step forward in his career. Bayern Munich has maintained interest in the 20-year old for the better part of the past twelve months, but his hefty price tag of roughly 90-million Euros has proven to be the biggest potential road block in acquiring his services. Not to mention, Bayern is also weighing the options of both Manchester City’s Leroy Sane and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, who have both been on the radar for just as long as Havertz.
Despite reports as recently as last week suggesting that Havertz was content on staying at Leverkusen for at least another season, he told SportBild that he’s ready to take a big step forward in his career. Domestically, Bayern would seem like the logical next step for Havertz since he has a decent amount of experience in the Bundesliga, but he didn’t rule out of move abroad, as there are clubs throughout Europe that are keen on signing him including Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, and Real Madrid:
I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad. Leverkusen are a great club, I feel good. I have always said that. But of course I want to take the next step in my career at some point. That’s my ambition.
Havertz also went on to say that whoever his next manager is, will have a lot of weight in choosing where, exactly, he wants to go next. He has a solid relationship with Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz and sporting director Rudi Voller, and that’s something he expects to have wherever he winds up next:
The coach is a very important person for me. It must be a good fit. You can see that with our coach, Peter Bosz. For me, the sporting direction of the club is also reflected in the choice of coach.
For Bayern, this could be something that weighs in their favor since Hansi Flick has just recently signed a contract extension which keeps him at the club until 2023. He was the one who challenged Hasan Salihamidizc, saying he still wants to show interest in both Havertz and Werner, while Brazzo wanted Sané to be the sole target this summer. Obviously, Bayern can’t sign all three, but Flick at least wants to keep all options open because he is a big fan of both Havertz and Werner.