Liverpool have made an initial bid for the talented German attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.
The Bayer Leverkusen middle man has been on the lips of many fans for months on end and now the Reds have made the first step in bringing the exciting young talent to Merseyside. Melissa Reddy at the Independent recently reported that the Merseyside club are interested in the 20-year-old, but do not value him at their £80m asking price. But according to respected journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, a local Leverkusen-based newspaper has claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s side have offered a fee of £104.8m (€125m).
If Havertz was brought in, his fee would smash the £75m club-record fee that the Reds spent on bringing in Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in 2018 and could be considered as a long-term replacement for Adam Lallana, who is out of contract at the end of the season and with Leicester City interested in his services. The Germany international has averaged 2.3 key passes and 2.4 dribbles this season, as opposed to the Englishman’s 0.3 key passes and 0.2 dribbles.
Having been at Leverkusen since the age of 11, the youngster told Bild last year that his time will come to make the step up but is not overly concerned as to when that might be. But with just seven international caps and 18 months left on his contract, over £100m for a player seems steep, even if he has four years of Bundesliga experience under his belt at such a young age.
Havertz has a strong CV at the age of 20, having made eight Champions League appearances, and would certainly fill the shoes that Lallana left. However, the finances required to bring him to Merseyside are astronomical and one that could prove to be a huge gamble.
Indeed, whether Michael Edwards and other Anfield officials agree that breaking records to bring him to England remains to be seen, with no guarantees of hitting the ground running in the Premier League.
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