A recent report has suggested that Manchester City have been tracking Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz.
According to Bleacher Report, the 21-year-old has been on the Citizens’ radar for over a year, “as his versatility and sharp brain have huge appeal to City”.
The report also suggests that: “Signing him would mean breaking their transfer record, and club insiders have been playing down the prospect of a new forward arriving this summer.
“However, figures around the club believe Havertz would be an ideal signing if Leroy Sane finally makes his move to Bayern Munich—and such a moment could provide the signal for them to make their interest known.”
The young forward has been superb in his performances in the Bundesliga so far this season, contributing 11 goals and five assists in 26 appearances in the German top-flight, earning a 7.34 average rating (per WhoScored). His performances in the Europa League were arguably even more impressive, with the German international earning an 8.08 rating across his three appearances in that competition, having contributed three goals and two assists (per Whoscored).
Do you think City could sign Havertz this summer?
The versatile youngster is currently valued at £72.9 million by Transfermarkt, but as the report from Bleacher Report suggests, Pep Guardiola’s side may be forced to break their transfer record to sign Havertz this summer, with their current record standing at £68.4 million, which was spent on Kevin De Bruyne in 2015 (per Transfermarkt).
Considering the financial implications of the current viral outbreak, it is perhaps hard to see City spending the necessary fee on the 21-year-old German this summer, but if the Citizens sell Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich, as has been regularly suggested could happen, then perhaps they could raise some funds that could go towards the signing of Havertz ahead of next season.