How Kai Havertz would fit in at Manchester United
Manchester United have again been named as a potential suitor for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.
The MEN were one of multiple outlets to link United with Havertz over the weekend following comments from his manager Peter Bosz.
Bosz told AD: “He can’t be held on to next summer. That will be a transfer of €100 million. What am I saying? More than €100m!”
This fee works out at £91.2 million, just enough to break the transfer record set by United in 2016 for Paul Pogba at £89 million.
Leverkusen lost Julian Brandt last summer for just £25 million due to a release clause in his contract. This year they have their sights set on a far higher fee.
How would he fit at United?
When it comes to a potential deal for Havertz, it is an either or with Jadon Sancho.
United could not afford to sign both, and there should not be need to land the two of them.
Havertz is more versatile than Sancho in that he plays as both a right winger and as a number 10.
He has scored 10 goals this season and provided seven assists, and he has also played up front too on occasion.
A move for Havertz could be a better option than Sancho because of his versatility.
Havertz would bring United an instant alternative to Bruno Fernandes, allowing the Portuguese star to rest, while Havertz’s ability to play out wide can see them both fit in the same team.
Havertz became the youngest Bundesliga player to score 30 goals earlier this season.
Just last week he scored in Leverkusen’s 3-1 win away at Rangers in the Europa League.
At just 20, he is a very bright talent who has the potential to become a Ballon d’Or winner in the future.
Bayer’s website reported that Havertz recorded the fastest speed in the Bundesliga last season, while sporting director Rudi Voller said: “Kai is a talent of the century.
“It’s second nature to him the way he strokes the ball around and he does things that appear to be incredibly simple to him with absolute calm.”
Havertz is too good to be second choice, but he might be a back-up option for United to Sancho.
Sancho has a pre-existing relationship with England teammate Marcus Rashford and as a Brit, he is more marketable commercially for United.
If United do miss out on Sancho to a rival, or he just decides to stay put, then Havertz is an elite option who is likely to be worth every penny.
He has been a regular for Leverkusen since breaking into the team in 2016 and has racked up 110 appearances already.
With the German side open to a deal, at a big price, United need to be ready.
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