Juventus have firmed up their interest in Kai Havertz, but will not make a move this summer, according to reports.
Havertz is in high demand amid another stellar season with Bayer Leverkusen, with the 20-year-old scoring 10 goals from 34 appearances so far this term.
The attacking midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, where Liverpool are understood to be ahead of the chasing pack at this stage.
Havertz is understood to favour a move to Anfield, with the fact that he shares a nationality with manager Jurgen Klopp a key factor in convincing him.
However, work remains to be done on the official negotiating, and Liverpool are far from the only interested party.
A fresh report from Calciomercato claims that Juventus have now entered the race for Havertz, having experienced the player first-hand when they faced off with Leverkusen in the group stages of this season’s Champions League.
Havertz’s performance drew praise from Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, and the club have continued to monitor his development – to the point where they now consider him a top target.
However, Leverkusen are unwilling to drop their demands any lower than €80m for the player, which is a price the Serie A champions are not ready to pay this summer – which may give Liverpool some optimism.
The German club are well aware of the long list of potential suitors for their prize asset, which is why they are holding out for such a large fee.