Liverpool are one of the many European clubs reportedly interested in signing German wunderkind Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 20-year-old midfielder has caught the eye over the last two seasons for the German club, but it seems like he could leave Leverkusen in the summer.
In a recent interview, Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz revealed that it may be difficult to keep Havertz in the summer, and that he could leave for a fee of over €100 million.
Liverpool’s arch-rivals, Manchester United, are the other club that have been linked with a move for Havertz in the summer.
The German international has made nearly 140 appearances for Leverkusen, having first played for the senior team in 2016. Havertz has gone on to score 38 goals and make 30 assists in all competitions. In the current season, he has scored 10 goals and completed 8 assists in all competitions.
Should Liverpool break the bank for Kai Havertz?
Havertz is a versatile player, who can play in a number of positions and different roles. The German primarily plays as a central attacking midfielder, but he can also play in central midfield, or further forward as a second striker.
He has also been used in wide roles, predominantly on the right side, where he uses his dribbling ability to cut into central areas with his stronger left foot.
The 20-year-old is an all-round player who can pick out passes, run with the ball, and also score goals. His pace and dribbling also make him a useful option during counter-attacking situations.
Havertz is a player that could fit into this Liverpool side, perhaps as a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum in the starting XI, offering a bigger threat while going forward. Or, he could also be a backup option for Mohamed Salah on the right side of attack.
But, a €100 million price tag seems excessive for a player that is not currently a necessity for this Liverpool side. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has numerous options in midfield – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, apart from veteran midfielder James Milner.
What Liverpool need in the summer is a striker to compete with Roberto Firmino, as well as a full-back to ensure they have depth in that area. Liverpool could also do with a backup option in the goalkeeping department as Adrian has had his moments of madness.
The signing of Havertz at the price tag mentioned does not make sense for Liverpool at the moment.