Bayer Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz has all but confirmed that the German club will sell attacking midfielder Kai Havertz at the end of the season.
The 20-year-old, who has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, could fetch in excess of €100m (£90m), according to Bosz:
“Kai is 20 years old, but this is already his fourth season in the Bundesliga. That says a lot. Everyone in Germany sees him as a child prodigy. He is from Aachen, has been here since he was eight. Nice boy to work with. Intelligent. He also plays the piano.”
“We sold his buddy, Julian Brandt, to Borussia Dortmund last summer. Havertz suddenly became even more of an eye-catcher. A lot came to him before the winter break. We lost the derby at Koln and three days later also at home to Hertha Berlin.”
“He can’t be held on to next summer. That will be a transfer of €100 million. What am I saying? More than €100m!”
Whether United have cooled their interest in Havertz now they have signed Bruno Fernandes, it is not known, but the Red Devils’ reported pursuit of Jack Grealish and James Maddison does suggest they are still on the lookout for another attacking midfielder.
Before football was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Havertz had been in excellent form, having scored seven goals and provided seven assists in his last 13 matches in all competitions.
The German international’s performances have certainly not gone unnoticed with a number of teams across Europe keeping tabs on his situation. Bosz’s remarks are only going to intensify speculation about the player’s future.