Manchester United in four team race to sign Kai Havertz this summer – reports

Manchester United will reportedly join Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern Munich in a bid to sign 20-year-old German sensation Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen this summer. Before the coronavirus pandemic suspended world football, the attacking midfielder was valued at around £100 million. Leverkusen are said to want to cash in this summer.

It is suggested that Bayern want to build their team around Havertz in the future, so unless the player specifically wants to leave Germany, the Premier League trio might me disappointed. Some think a deal between the two German clubs has already been done with the player destined to move to the Bavarian club.

The Bundesliga returned this weekend and Bayer Leverkusen played their match on Monday evening, beating Werder Breman 4-1 with the 20-year-old scoring two goals in the victory, which kept them in fifth place in the league, fortifying their position. Havertz is certainly going to be some player in the future, which is why so many teams have an interest.

This season for Leverkusen, the 20-year-old has made a total of 35 appearances, playing in the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Champions League and the Europe League, scoring 12 goals and eight assists, spending 3,010 minutes on the pitch. Being involved in 20 goals at his age, in one season is admirable.

Havertz has been named as the best young talent in Germany since Michael Ballack, which is some achievement and something that will get many clubs interested in him, if they can afford him. Havertz last signed a contract in the summer of 2017, which expires in the summer of 2022, giving the player two more years at the club.

This could be why Leverkusen will try to cash in on the player this summer, as the club is unlikely to move forward and challenge Bayern for the Bundesliga title, nor win the Champions League, which is something the player could do at the German rivals, or at one of the other three clubs who hold an interest in him this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been linked with a number of players this summer with Jadon Sancho being the clubs number one target for the right-wing position. Havertz could be another option for United, should they not get anywhere with Borussia Dortmund for Sancho, who has been tipped for the Ballon d’Or by Owen Hargreaves.

United will need to remain competitive in the transfer market despite the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring that the manager is able to get rid of the players he wants to remove from the club and bring in players for the positions that need to be reinforced, the right-wing especially. Havertz has played a different role at Leverkusen this season though.

The 20-year-old is predominantly playing in the central attacking midfield role this season, making 18 appearances from the position, scoring three goals and two assists. He has also played on the right-wing ten times, scoring five goals and five assists, also playing as a centre-forward four time, scoring four goals and one assist.

20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder could be an option should Jadon Sancho bid fail – reports

Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old attacking midfielder, Kai Havertz could well be the next big star coming out of Germany and because of this some of the bigger clubs in Europe seem to have an interest in the player. The Bundesliga’s rising star was expected to make a big money move this summer until the coronavirus pandemic stopped world football.

Leverkusen have taken the same steps as Borussia Dortmund by insisting that they will not be forced to sell their prized asset on the cheap this summer, or whenever the next transfer window opens, seemingly suggesting that they have a price and it will need to be met, which is understandable. However, that may not happen.

The Covid-19 pandemic may not see the high fees paid in the transfer windows that have passed being replicated when the new window opens. Manchester United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward did suggest last week that big transfer fees may not be seen this summer, especially from United given the uncertainty surrounding football at the moment.

That being said, Jadon Sancho is currently United’s top target, at least according to reports with the player long linked to the Old Trafford club in their bid to finally bring in a player to take control of the right-wing, which has been a problem position for most of the time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.

However, a fee rising from £100 million may be a problem, even for United this summer. United may not even feel happy breaking the £89 million they spent on bringing Paul Pogba back to the club from Juventus in the summer of 2016. It is suggested that deals of £60 million or more might be out of reach for one of the richest clubs in Europe.

It is suggested that Havertz is on the list of potential purchases for United to cover their problem position on the right-wing. The 20-year-old has predominantly played as an attacking midfielder this season but has made ten appearances on the right-wing, showing that he could be capable there – scoring five goals and five assists from that position.

In 34 appearances in all competitions for Leverkusen this season, up until world football stopped, Havertz has scored ten goals and eight assists, playing a total of 2,925 minutes of football for his club and has played in the DFB-Pokal, UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, as well as the Bundesliga. Impressive.

Whether the season continues or not, those are good stats for a player his age. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will no doubt be thinking about what this summer could bring. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it was expected to be an important transfer window for the club, but that seems to have been played down of late, perhaps because of the uncertainty.

Havertz started his youth career at Alemannia Mariadorf from 2003 until 2009, then moving to Alemannia Aachen from 2009 until 2010, when he moved to Leverkusen, working his way though the clubs academy and eventually making his first team debut in 2016. Havertz has played 138 times for Leverkusen, scoring 38 goals and a further 30 assists.

Manchester United join race to sign £51 million striker, Timo Werner who seems to be holding out for Liverpool move

Manchester United have joined Barcelona in the pursuit of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, according to reports. The 23-year-old has played 33 times for his club this season, scoring 27 goals and a further 11 assists, playing 2,641 minutes of football so far. The German international has a £51 million release clause, if a deal is completed before the end of April.

United and other clubs will be seeking to rejuvenate their squads this summer, preferably before Euro 2020 as that might make transfer fees rocket again. In terms of the money to be spent on this deal, it would show value in the market considering the £75 million spent on Romelu Lukaku during the summer of 2017.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be seeking to sign a new striker, taking some reliance off Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood this season and Odion Ighalo, who signed for the remainder of the season on loan from Shanghai Shenhua will be expected to head back to China in the summer. United seemingly opted not to sign Erling Haaland.

Providing that United can get something sorted, which seems to be unlikely in month, considering his long it took them to sign Bruno Fernandes in January and Harry Maguire in the summer, it would be good for United. However, after seven years of failure in the transfer market, expecting it to all of a sudden change would be a mistake.

The Athletic seems to suggest that Liverpool are currently in the driving seat for Werner who is keen to play under compatriot Jurgen Klopp. The UEFA Champions League holders and Premier League champions elect will be seeking to bolster their attacking ranks themselves with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah not getting any younger.

Werner seems to have dropped a hint that Liverpool could be his preferred destination. Taking emotions from this, you can see why players will be tempted by Liverpool. Klopp has taken the time and been given the time to build something and so far it is working out for both him and the club. Werner was reported as saying:

“Liverpool are the best team in the world at the moment, and when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.

“It’s a pleasure but I know Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”

United may well be able to call themselves the biggest club in the world but on the pitch there is serious work to be done. Off the pitch there is a massive task in making the club look like it knows what it is doing. The club has been run badly since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, probably before but his great work papered over the cracks.

United need a player like Werner more than Liverpool does but when they are playing the way they are, it does not matter which team a player supporters, they will be moving to ensure they continue their career in an upward trajectory. At United, at least until there is stability again, there is no guarantee. In 2018, speaking to FourFourTwo Werner said:

“Yes, playing in the Premier League is a dream for me. I would like to play for two or three clubs, and Manchester United are one of those clubs. But probably not in the next few years – later, when my English is a little bit better! I’m very comfortable at RB Leipzig, though.

“Manchester United and Liverpool were the teams I watched quite a lot in England. They were the two that I’m a little bit a fan of, because they have so much history. When Alex Ferguson was the coach, United won everything and were outstanding.

“In Liverpool it’s also their stadium and the atmosphere. But when I have to decide, I’m more Manchester United than Liverpool. I’m now at a point where at some stage in the future I’d like to play in a team that wins titles.”

Whilst he watched both United and Liverpool growing up, the fact he states that he wants to play for a club that wins titles will lead more to Liverpool right now. However, there is no guarantee that they will make a move for him. United should try and make the move, giving mid-April as a deadline to get some movement, from there they should move on.

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