Bayer Leverkusen are ready and waiting for a club-record offer from Liverpool for midfielder Kai Havertz, according to a reliable German journalist.
Havertz has become one of Europe’s most sought-after young talents following his impressive run of form since the start of last season.
The 20-year-old scored 20 goals and assisted seven others last season and was subsequently handed the first of his seven senior Germany caps.
This term, Havertz has managed only five goals to date but his age and potential mean he remains an attractive prospect for Europe’s elite.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the player in recent months, along with German champions Bayern Munich.
Indeed, reports in German newspaper Bild claimed that the Reds have held “concrete talks” with Havertz.
According to Bild’s Head of Football coverage Christian Falk – via the journalist’s Twitter account – Liverpool’s interest is still as concrete as before and Leverkusen are preparing themselves for an offer from Jurgen Klopp’s side.
What’s more, Falk revealed that Bayern are keen as well as a Spanish club, expected to be either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
The Daily Express adds that Havertz’ price tag stands at £85m, meaning Liverpool would have to break their club-record transfer fee to bring the midfielder in.
Liverpool paid £75m to Southampton for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk in 2017.
The Reds have been fairly quiet in the January transfer window, bringing Takumi Minamino in from RB Salzburg as well as Joe Hardy, who has joined the club’s Under-23s team from Brentford.
Klopp‘s men went 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Wednesday night courtesy of a 2-0 win away at West Ham.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted on his 50th Premier League appearance for Liverpool following Mohamed Salah’s first-half penalty, the Egyptian’s 12th league goal this campaign.
Klopp has insisted that he is not setting any points targets for his players, who could claim 112 out of 114 available points if they continue their winning streak until the end of the season.
Klopp said: “Last year we had 97 points, I’m not sure if we could have had 100.
“Ninety-eight would have been possible, if we’d got a point maybe at [Manchester] City, so no, I didn’t do it. In the moment when I see I have a problem motivating the boys then I will have to use different things, but so far it’s not necessary.
“We are Liverpool and we have a proper history and everybody knows what we have to do. So the motivation is to reach that and not any points record.”
Leverkusen braced for club-record Liverpool bid for star midfielder