Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz could hand Liverpool a transfer blow by committing himself to the Bundesliga club until 2022, according to the German newspaper, Kicker.
The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been an admirer of Havertz for some time with the 20-year-old widely regarded as a future star.
A move for the attacking midfielder had perhaps seemed unlikely with Leverkusen valuing him at £92 million (Express).
The report also suggests that Havertz doesn’t want to join Bayern Munich so that at least is a positive update for Liverpool.
If the silky performer does pen a new deal with Leverkusen it is thought that it will include a release clause, similar to that of Timo Werner who is also a target for Liverpool.
Havertz has scored 10 times in 34 games this season featuring largely as a No.10 for Leverkusen.
He has eight assists to his name and his last action before play was suspended across the globe was to score in a 3-1 win over Rangers in the Europa League.
Boss Klopp will have several targets in mind for the summer transfer window as he sets about maintaining high standards.
Havertz’s arrival might be unlikely this summer but with a release clause in his extension, it might make landing him easier in the future.
As a result, Klopp might have to move on this summer and strengthen other areas of his squad.
The midfield ranks at Anfield are well stocked. Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum all currently battle it out for the three places.
Havertz has 38 goals and 30 assists from his 139 appearances in Germany.
Signing him would be superb but it’s not the primary objective for Liverpool this summer.
Short-term frustration could lead to long-term success for the Reds in their quest to land the wonderkid.