Manchester United are well and truly among the admirers of Bundesliga sensation Kai Havertz as they look to instil pace and energy in their attack.
But Chelsea, who have reportedly outpaced Liverpool in convincing Timo Werner to play at the Bridge, are said to be the frontrunners to get the paperwork done for the German youngster by SportBild Head of Football Christian Falk.
Falk also mentioned that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keeping up his efforts to sign Havertz as the youngster’s management has been told about the project going on at Old Trafford, which the United boss thinks would develop the 21-year-old properly.
But there cannot be any predictions right now regarding the future of Havertz as Bayer Leverkusen are still hoping to hold on to him even after inquiries from such Premier League giants have been confirmed.
Kai Havertz: Is he a good alternative for Sancho?
Kai Havertz is a solid alternative for Borrusia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho who has been another prime target of many high-profile clubs in the summer. Though Havertz does not match Sancho’s goalscoring records, the quality on offer is something which Manchester United will loathe missing out on.
Kai Havertz is one of the main reasons why Leverkusen have managed to put up praiseworthy performances in the Bundesliga, which has even put elite clubs like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on alert.
The 21-year-old has already scored 11 goals and managed 5 assists in 26 Bundesliga outings this season with his strong technical gameplay aiding him. He has everything that one associates with a top-class attacking midfielder and would come in cheaper than Sancho who is currently in the top three as far as market value is concerned.
Havertz is a big threat during counter-attacks and could provide those perfect through balls for strikers like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to get on the scoresheet. While the Red Devils have the added presence of Bruno Fernandes in the creative department, from what we have seen so far, the Portuguese midfielder will be more of an orchestrator in the team, controlling the flow of the game.
Ole still needs a player further up the pitch to make use of the passes and turn them into goal-scoring opportunities, something Havertz can do brilliantly. The pace of Rashford has also influenced Ole’s strategy of playing on the counter against some of the bigger teams and Kai is an excellent choice for the role of the facilitator during such moments.
While it is true that landing Sancho will be considered a much greater achievement, the race for Kai Havertz will also not be an easy one if United firm up their interest in him. At this point in time, signing either of the players will be considered a win for the management.