Reported Manchester United transfer target Kai Havertz has been likened to French legend Zinedine Zidane by his coach.
The Sun reported this week Havertz has emerged as a priority summer signing for United along with Jadon Sancho, rather than just an alternative.
Havertz has been in excellent form for Bayer Leverkusen since the Bundesliga restarted, scoring five goals in four games.
Bayer assistant coach Marcel Daum told TalkSport: “Everyone is asking about Kai Havertz. If you see him play, it tells you everything. For me, he has the elegance of Zidane. If you see his movement, he’s very elegant, he’s always calm, he has great passing ability.
“What a lot of people don’t see, because we watch him every day, is that he’s pretty fast. That’s a big bonus. I can’t say he will be the best German player ever, but he has the talent and there are no limits. He’s displaying signs of Zidane.”
Havertz is only 20-years-old and this season he has really kicked on, taking his career tally to 35 Bundesliga goals already.
He can play in a variety of positions, as an attacking midfielder like Zidane, out on the right wing, or as a centre-forward.
This versatility coupled with his quality would make him a terrific signing for United. Indeed if we were able to pull off a double Sancho and Havertz swoop, then United would be catapulted into title contention next season.
The Zidane comparisons may stir United into action too. The Independent reported how Sir Alex Ferguson chose not to sign Zinedine Zidane in the mid-90s because he did not want to upset Eric Cantona.
Taking the Cantona aspect out of the equation, Zidane went onto prove United wrong, and missing out on him turned out to be a mistake.
So when you have Havertz, a player who 25 years later could be the nearest Europe has to offer to the famous Frenchman in both style and quality, can United afford to make the same error twice?
A move will cost a lot. Far more than the £50 million The Sun suggested earlier this week. Closer to double that will be required.
You only have to listen to the way Leverkusen’s assistant coach talks about him to realise how highly they rate him, and the club will not let him leave on the cheap if they can avoid it.
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