Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has suggested Kai Havertz could soon leave the club, amid recent links to Arsenal and Liverpool.
The 20-year-old has emerged as one of Europe’s hottest prospects in the last year or so, and will challenge the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Jadon Sancho and Joao Felix for the 2019 Golden Boy award.
Last term he scored 20 goals in all competitions and made seven assists, and his stock his currently sky high.
Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with a move for Havertz in the summer (reported on by The Metro), and both may be interested to hear Bosz’s latest comments on the talented midfielder.
Speaking to Sport Bild, he admitted: “Of course I would like to keep him. Kai is only 20 years old and still has room for improvement. I can help him here. But it is like this: in the end, the player himself must feel when he is ready for the next step. Nobody can decide that for him, only he himself.”
Havertz has a contract until 2022, and is valued at around £90 million (Express).
It sounds as though Leverkusen know full well what a talent they have on their hands and are resigned to losing him to a bigger club in the near future.
Bosz is realistic about the situation, and knows that selling Havertz would provide significant funds to strengthen other areas of his squad.
Arguably a move to Liverpool would be more likely for Havertz. The Reds are more of a force than Arsenal and are competing for the Premier League and Champions League titles.
They also likely have considerably more cash to burn than the Gunners having not spent in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp has need for a creative attacking midfielder and Havertz is probably the best young player out there for that position right now.