A player reportedly on the radar of Arsenal and previously described as “ideal” for the Gunners is believed to favour a move elsewhere, according to Sky Sports.
Kai Havertz has been sensational for Bayer Leverkusen over the past few years, clocking up 139 senior appearances already despite being just 20.
Havertz has also claimed 38 goals and 30 assists for Leverkusen, and has already won seven caps for Germany, so it’s little surprise that he is being linked with some of Europe’s top clubs.
As well as Arsenal, the likes of Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are all said to be keen on the Leverkusen ace, according to Goal.
Former Leverkusen sporting director Wolfgang Holzhauser reckons Havertz should move abroad, and has selected Arsenal and Barcelona as the two clubs most suited for him to join.
“Kai would gain experience abroad that he probably would not have in Germany,” Holzhauser told Goal. “And not all players of this age and with this talent who go to Munich have developed positively there.
“It is important that Havertz is looking for a well-run club that corresponds with excellent opportunities for play. It would make no sense, for example, to go to a club like Atletico Madrid. Kai wouldn’t fit in there. His style of play would make him ideal for Barcelona or Arsenal.”
According to Sky in Germany, however, Havertz has his sights set on a move to Bayern, whose manager Hans-Dieter Flick is keen to bolster his midfield ranks and sees the youngster as an ideal signing for them too.
A huge blow for Arsenal, but perhaps not a surprising one, given Bayern’s tendency to sign the best German players, many of whom in turn see the Bavarian side as the dream club to play for.
Although Havertz is undoubtedly a world-class player and a potential future superstar – Bayern cult hero Owen Hargreaves described him as an “absolute diamond”, “the real deal” and “everything”- the reported £100million price tag wouldn’t be easy to meet for the majority of clubs in Europe.
And even though the global health crisis could perhaps lead to a “big crunch” in the football industry, including in wages and transfer fees, there may not be such concessions for Havertz, given what a top asset he is.