Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller has suggested that Kai Havertz could depart the Bundesliga club this summer.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder burst onto the scene in 2016/17, but enjoyed his best year to date in 2018/19, scoring 20 goals and registering four assists in all competitions.
That sparked interest in the exciting young talent from around Europe with Liverpool said to be one of the clubs who have shown an interest.
Some reports even suggested that the Reds saw a bid for the player turned down last summer, while Leverkusen were also said to be expecting a bid from the Premier League leaders for their prized possession in January, but that never materialised.
Up until now the German club have managed to keep the exciting young talent at the BayArena, but comments made by Voller, as reported on Goal, could mean that they are ready to cash in on the German international.
He said: “I am glad that we still held [on to Kai Havertz] this year.
“We’ll see how it looks in summer. He still has a contract until 2022 – these are, of course, the classic facts.
“There was already interest in the summer, but we told him that it would be good for him to stay with us for another year. And that was the right decision.”
Havertz hasn’t been as efficient in front of goal this term, netting six goals and assisting twice so far.
That hasn’t put potential suitors off, though, with Liverpool, Bayern Munich and a Spanish side, thought to be Real Madrid or Barcelona, still rumoured to be keen on making a deal happen.
Due to his contract still having over two years to run, Leverkusen would be in a strong position to bring in a hefty transfer fee should they decide to sell, with a figure of around £85 million believed to be the asking price.
Meanwhile, pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft has claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s side are now favourites to sign another Bundesliga star, Timo Werner, from RB Leipzig.