Transfer Rumour: Manchester United in pole position to sign Kai Havertz

Manchester United are reportedly at the front of the chasing pack for Kai Havertz, with a £50 million bid in the works for the 20-year-old.

According to a report by The Sun, Manchester United are leading the race to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer transfer window. The Red Devils are set to table a £50 million bid for the 20-year-old, who also has suitors in Bayern Munich and Liverpool, among others.

Aged just 20, Kai Havertz has the world at his feet. German football’s young gem, Havertz is already a talisman for Bayer Leverkusen, even captaining the side on multiple occasions this season. A player with incredible versatility, he can play across various positions in midfield and attack.

Currently enjoying quite a purple patch, Havertz has 12 goals and 7 assists in 17 games across all competitions since the turn of the year. His exploits have invariably helped him attract some of the best clubs in Europe, with Manchester United now joining the race to sign the German playmaker.

The interest from Manchester United comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Jadon Sancho is the priority for the right wing. If Sancho joins United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have his options for the two wide positions sorted.

Manchester United calling? (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)
Manchester United calling? (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

Up top, Anthony Martial is the first-choice striker for Manchester United, with Odion Ighalo now set to be the backup for him till January 2021 at the very least after the extension of his loan deal. Perhaps, Havertz is an alternative for Jack Grealish, who is seen as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba.

If Pogba ends up leaving, Havertz would be a top class option to play in midfield, although the 20-year-old is best used in advanced positions than in the middle of the park. Nevertheless, it looks like Manchester United are serious with their interest in the Bayer Leverkusen star, with a £50 million offer in the works.

However, it is likely that Manchester United will need bid a higher amount for a player who is one of the brightest young prospects in all of Europe. The Red Devils will also not be alone in pursuit of Havertz, who reportedly has suitors in Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, with Chelsea also advised by Frank Leboeuf to make a move for him.

Widespread reports, however, suggest that Havertz favours a move to Bayern Munich over other clubs, meaning Manchester United’s offer would need to be something substantial. Champions League football would invariably be a factor and a top four finish this season, therefore, becomes imperative for the Premier League giants.

What now remains to be seen is if Manchester United indeed follow up on their interest in Havertz with a substantial bid. For now, though, it looks like their first offer will be worth £50 million, as they eye a double swoop from Bundesliga for Havertz and Sancho.

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