Bayer Leverkusen Director Opens Up on Future of Liverpool & Bayern Munich Target Kai Havertz

Bayer Lev?erkusen sporting director Rudi Voller says the club will assess the future of their highly rated youngster Kai Havertz over the summer, amid reported interest from Liverpool, Bayern Munich and others.

Havertz broke into the Leverkusen first team back in 2016 as a 17-year-old, but really caught the eye last year as he hit 20 goals in 42 appearances from midfield.

The 20-year-old has been ?linked with a move to Liverpool, with the Reds having an approach turned down over the summer.

Kai Havertz

Leverkusen retained their young prodigy, and although Havertz has been less prolific this season, finding the net five times in 19 Bundesliga appearances, Voller still expects his future will be up for discussion at the end of the season.

Speaking to German TV Show 100% Bundesliga – Football at Nitro, the Leverkusen sporting director said: “I am glad that we still held [on to Havertz] this year.”

“We’ll see how it looks in summer. He still has a contract until 2022 – these are, of course, the classic facts.

“There was already interest in the summer, but we told him that it would be good for him to stay with us for another year. And that was the right decision.”

Havertz has two years left on his current deal, leaving Leverkusen in a strong negotiating position in the transfer window, and meaning ?Liverpool would have to pay a considerable amount to prize away the promising midfielder. 

Paying a blockbuster transfer fee for a player who is unlikely to walk straight into the first team at Anfield would not be in keeping with Liverpool’s recent transfer policy under Jurgen Klopp.

Meanwhile, ?Liverpool journalist Melissa Reddy recently claimed that the Reds’ valuation of Havertz is around half of what Leverkusen are looking for, with the German club hoping to get upwards of £80m for their star asset.

Kai Havertz

Tottenham coach Steffen Freund was also a guest on the show, and he recommended that Havertz should remain at Leverkusen for at least another year, but conceded the increased wages and lure of silverware that the top clubs can offer could tempt him away.

“I know it’s a lot about money, but I would advise him to stay at Bayer Leverkusen for another season,” Freund said. “Bayer Leverkusen is under no pressure because it is a long-term contract. 

“But then comes the pressure with consultants, large clubs that can also win titles, which is relatively rare with Leverkusen. Then it is just too good at some point [to stay at] Leverkusen. But why not another year?”

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