Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has revealed he has spoken to interested clubs over the summer about midfielder Kai Havertz.
The German media have previously reported that Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all tracking the player, but it seems Bayern Munich are the team who made the first move:
Voller confirmed that he had held discussions with Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge but he told the Bundesliga rivals in no uncertain terms that Havertz will be staying:
“It is no secret that there were a few phone calls and great interest. “I then spoke directly and completely friendly with Rummenigge. [He] totally understood that we do not [want to sell]. Bayern were not the only club that asked us about Kai Havertz.”
“Let me put it this way: I’m always happy when I see an artist like Kai Havertz playing, preferably with us. If that’s not the case one day, there’s always [TV channels] Sky and DAZN. There you can follow all the top European leagues.”
Voller’s words do appear to open the door for a future move, although it is likely to be expensive with reports indicating that Leverkusen will hold out for €100m (£91m).
There is no doubting Havertz’s talent. After scoring 20 goals in all competitions last campaign, he has begun this season in a similar fashion, having bagged two goals in his first three appearances.
The German international has already played 108 senior games despite only having turned 20 in June.