Date published: Sunday 19th April 2020 3:39
A future move to the Premier League appears likelier than ever for Kai Havertz after Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes’ latest comments.
At just 20 years of age, Havertz has become one of Europe’s hottest properties on the back of two stellar seasons in the Bundesliga.
Last season’s 20-goal campaign across all competitions was followed up with another double-figure campaign this season as the versatile forward set pulses racing at the BayArena.
Bitter rivals Man Utd have also been persistently linked, with Havertz’s age and profile a perfect fit for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward’s new transfer strategy to target younger players with a view to developing their careers at Old Trafford.
Both sides will therefore have taken note of the Leverkusen chief’s latest comments, with Rolfes admitting his star player’s departure would be a “logical development.”
Regarding the forward’s future, Rolfes told Bild (via the Metro): “It’s a logical development that Kai will leave Leverkusen at some point.
“I’m not surprised that he’s attracted to other countries.
“We know he feels very comfortable here. We are in constant communication with Kai – it’s all very open and transparent.”
Havertz’s attraction to a move abroad was detailed earlier in the week, with the player acknowleding his ambition will likely see him depart his boyhood club.
In an interview with Bild, cited on The Express, Havertz said: “I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad.
“Leverkusen are a great club, I feel good. I have always said that. But of course I want to take the next step in my career at some point. That’s my ambition.”
One opening in the Red Devils’ starting eleven that could feasibly be filled by Havertz would stem from the departure of Anthony Martial.
The France international has emerged as a major target for Serie A giants Inter Milan as Antonio Conte eyes a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, who is wanted by Barcelona.
Martial had blossomed under the stewardship of Solskjaer in the run up to football’s hiatus however, with the latest report revealing the club’s intentions should any Inter approach materialise.