Chelsea and Manchester United have handed huge boost in bid to land attacking midfielder Kai Havertz after Leverkusen’s assistant manager Marcel Daum admitted could leave in upcoming transfer window.
Kia Havertz has been one of the breakout stars for the German giants this term from midfield and has become a key player for a team battling to qualify for the Champions League.
His brilliant performances have attracted interest from Premier League sides including Manchester United and Chelsea, and according to Daum the 20-year-old could could leave in the summer despite his contract at Leverkusen still having two more years to run but warns rivals that he will command a premium price.
He said: ‘The situation with coronavirus is so strange and so complicated that it’s still open that he will leave us,’.
‘I don’t know what will happen, but at Bayer, he has the right place to develop his strengths and improve. The only thing I know is that Bayer won’t sell him for a cheap fee.’
Marcel Daum, meanwhile, believed the 20-year-old highly-rated attacking midfielder has the tools to go on and become a modern day Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.
‘Everyone is asking about Kai Havertz,’ the Leverkusen No 2 told talkSPORT. ‘If you see him play, it tells you everything.
‘For me, he has the elegance of Zidane. If you see his movement, he’s very elegant, he’s always calm, he has great passing ability.
‘What a lot of people don’t see, because we watch him every day, is that he’s pretty fast. That’s a big bonus.
‘He’s a great player; he’s scoring goals, he’s great in the air and he’s pretty fast. It’s up to him how far he can go.
‘I can’t say he will be the best German player ever,but he has the talent and there are no limits. He’s displaying signs of Zidane.’
Manchester United are thought to be leading the chase for Kia Havertz who has 15 goals from 38 matches this season including eight assists.
The Red Devils may be tempted to open the bidding with Leverkusen at £50million but are likely to face competition from Chelsea, who could be set for a big summer spend up under Roman Abramovich looking to take advantage of the financial uncertainties post coronavirus.
The Blues owner is prepared to back Frank Lampard in bid to land Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and also two talented attacking midfielder in the Bundesliga.
That includes Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and RB Leipzig’s in-demand frontman Timo Werner, while a move for Moussa Dembele at French side Lyon could emerge.