Yet, in the background, was the expectation that like most top German youngsters, he would simply go on and join Bayern Munich, who have just won an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title.
It now appears this is not an option. BILD report that Bayern have categorically pulled out of the running to sign Havertz this summer, and will only considering a move in 2021.
This leaves the race to sign the German international wide open.
How badly do United want him?
The Telegraph report Bayer Leverkusen value Havertz at 100 million Euros, (£90 million).
Leverkusen accept they cannot hold onto him forever, with sporting director Fernando Carro telling the Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger: “Kai has been with us for ten years. I see the player’s desire to take the next step sometime in the near future.
“You have to try to find a solution where the player’s goal can be reconciled with ours. At the moment nobody can say for sure what will happen.”
Bayern may be out of the running for this year, but United must be aware of rival Premier League competition from Chelsea and Liverpool.
Chelsea are said to be making a big push, although The Telegraph claim they are not prepared to offer over £70 million. The Mirror report Liverpool are big admirers, although again, it is unclear if they are in the market to spend big this summer.
This leaves the door open for United to make a move, dependent on how aggressive we are prepared to be, bearing in mind the pursuit of Jadon Sancho. It’s unclear if Havertz would be an alternative, or a complementary signing alongside the Dortmund winger.
Champions League swing
Bayern may have wrapped up the German title this week, but final placings still need to be resolved elsewhere.
Leverkusen are up to fourth after a win on Wednesday night, having began the day in fifth. If they secure qualification, then Havertz could be convinced to stay another year. He scored and provided an assist to help them to victory.
Likewise Manchester United will be a far more attractive option if we can earn a Champions League spot for 2020/21, especially at the expense of transfer rivals Chelsea.
For now, Havertz is an option, and one who the club could genuinely land if we are prepared to gamble and spend enough money.
He is an exciting talent, who could come back to haunt us if he ends up signing with a Premier League rival.
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