Liverpool are reportedly in the race to sign Kai Havertz in the summer transfer window but are unwilling to pay £100 million for the German.
Bayer Leverkusen fears that Liverpool will not pay its valuation of £100 million to sign Kai Havertz this summer. But the club will not budge on their valuation of the player, who has taken the Bundesliga by storm.
The Reds are one of the many clubs that are keen to sign the German. And Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Havertz. Yet there are doubts over whether the European champions would fork out that much money on the 20-year old. Now, according to Sky Germany, Leverkusen are of the belief that no club will pay £90 million for Havertz in the wake of the coronavirus.
The pandemic will have a huge impact on clubs and on the summer transfer window. With football on hold, until it is safe to resume, many are predicting a quiet transfer window.
Is Havertz a good fit for Liverpool?
Kai Haveretz is one of Germany’s biggest talents recently. Last season, he scored 17 goals and contributed to 3 assists in 34 Bundesliga games. That’s a goal involvement every 53 minutes. Very impressive for a 20-year old, making his first strides in professional football. This season, the number of his goals have somewhat dried up. That’s because he has been playing in a deeper role.
He is a modern-day box-to-box, skillful midfielder, with a high football IQ. The young German combines all types of passes, with good off-ball movement and extraordinary behaviour under pressure.
Havertz not only plays the simple flat through balls during counter-attacks, but his good observation of the game also allows him to see the open space and be aware of the movement of the defenders. He is also capable of playing in a more reserved position and in front of the back four. He moves in a deeper position and builds-up attacks with intelligent long balls to the flanks or just simple but effective passes into the centre. But the real question is, can he be a good fit at Liverpool?
No Liverpool player has contributed to more goals this season than Havertz has done for Leverkusen. Naby Keita has not lived up to the expectations. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can match Kavertz’s creativity but lacks versatility and consistency like the German. Gini Wijnaldum can also match Kavertz’s energy but he will be out of contract next summer. Jurgen Klopp needs a young, tenacious and versatile midfielder. And Havertz has all these attributes.
Emile Heskey urges Liverpool to sign Havertz
Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey believes Liverpool should go all-out for Havertz. He thinks it’s a deal worth pursuing if it is going to keep everybody on their toes. Speaking to the GentingBet, Heskey said:
“Kai Havertz is a young dynamic player. So, adding that to the current Liverpool side is always good. You always need options.
When you have a young, hungry lad come in, it puts pressure on the more senior players to go out there and perform. This is what you need at the top clubs.
You need three players per position that are putting pressure on all the others to perform. If you haven’t got that, that is when people get complacent.
When a player knows they have someone behind them ready to take their position, it keeps everyone on their toes.”