Peter Bosz confirms that Bayer Leverkusen are likely to lose Bayern Munich target Kai Havertz in summer.
Bayern Munich is expected to reinforce their attacking options in the summer. The defending Bundesliga champions are unlikely to keep Philippe Coutinho beyond his loan spell, while Ivan Perisic may stay as a squad option next season.
Die Roten will primarily look at signing wide forwards as they are yet to fill the void left by Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. Manchester City winger Leroy Sane is reportedly the top target for this position in the summer window.
Bayern has also been heavily linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. The club is well-stocked in attacking midfield position, but they cannot afford to miss another young German talent as they did in the case of Sane.
Peter Bosz, Bayer Leverkusen’s first-team coach, has provided an update on the future of Havertz. Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad (via Sport1), Bosz admitted that Havertz is set to leave in summer, but interested clubs will have to come up with a nine-figure offer.
“Havertz can’t be held on to next summer.”
“That will be a transfer of €100 million. What am I saying? More than 100 million!”
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Sport1 continues to insist that the Bayern hierarchy has doubts about this transfer, more particularly the expected fee as Leverkusen wants something in the region of €130 million. It will be a record fee for a German player as Sane is likely to cost less than €100 million due to his contract length at Manchester City.
Havertz had a slow start to the season, but he has picked up his form in Ruckrunde. The 20-year-old midfielder can play across the front three. However, he is at his best in the number ten role, linking up the play and creating chances for his teammates. Havertz also has a great knack of scoring goals.
Bayern should look at Havertz as the long term replacement of Thomas Muller. The teenager is obviously not at Muller’s level yet, but he has the potential to have a similar career growth. Muller still has a lot to offer, but it will be too difficult to get Havertz in the future if he joins another top European club in summer.
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Die Roten will have to come up with a similar plan for Havertz as they did for Alexander Nubel. Both players are set to become pivotal players for Germany in the future and could end up playing together at the club level too. With proper playing time, both can fulfill their potential in Bavaria. Also, Rekordmeister will have to up their negotiation game to get Havertz as Leverkusen is unlikely to budge on the transfer fee.