The Premier League giants have been given a clear run at Kai Havertz this summer after Bayern Munich confirmed they wouldn’t be moving for the player during this transfer window.
Havertz, 21, has been sensational for Bayer Leverkusen over the last two seasons and has developed into one of the finest goalscoring attacking midfielders in Europe over that period of time. He has scored 17 goals and recorded 8 assists in all competitions this season for Leverkusen, adding to his 20 goals and 6 assists the season before that.
He had been a reported target for Bayern Munich this summer, with the German champions seemingly having dibs on all top German talent according to most of the world’s media. The honour of representing Germany’s premium club is often too much for other clubs to compete with, as Man City found out this week as they lost Leroy Sane to the Bavarian side.
It seems now though that the move for Sane has put an end to any pursuit of Havertz than Bayern had planned, as Karl Heinz-Rummenigge confirmed they wouldn’t be making a bid for the player in 2020.
This means that Premier League clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United will have a clear run at the player should they choose to make their interest more concrete. While Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked, Leverkusen’s reported asking price of €100 million has ruled them out of the race due to their financial situation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The price is likely to rule Liverpool out of the race too, while Manchester United are prioritising their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and it is highly unlikely they spend that amount of money on two players in the same summer when they have other pressing issues.
That leaves Chelsea as the favourites for Havertz and the player is reportedly open to a move to London. The Blues have already signed Timo Werner from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for the new season, while they also completed the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Havertz would complete a new-look attack for Lampard, who once again bemoaned the lack of cutting edge in attack following their defeat to West Ham on Wednesday night.
Havertz joining the Premier League, and in particular Chelsea, would be huge for the division. Chelsea are making a clear push to close the gap between themselves, Manchester City and champions Liverpool this summer, while Manchester United are likely to make big moves too. With Liverpool unlikely to spend significantly on their squad without selling anyone and Man City expected to spend big on rebuilding an ageing squad next year’s title race is already spicing up.
Lampard has opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation for most of the season and Havertz would slot in perfectly in his preferred No.10 role. With Ziyech out on the right replacing the departing Willian and Werner able to play wide left or up front, Lampard will have plenty of goals and flexibility to choose from next season if the deal goes through.
While it’s unlikely that they’ll match the €100 million asking price, Leverkusen missing out on Champions League football for next season could see them negotiate a lower fee with Havertz determined to leave this year.
If Chelsea can secure the signature of one of Europe’s hottest properties, the Premier League could have a legitimate four-team title race next season.