A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.
German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.
Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.
It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.
It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.
However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.
Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.
Perennial German champions Bayern Munich are preparing to launch another bid to sign Manchester City forward Leroy Sane in January, despite the player being out with a long-term injury.
The Sun says that Bayern are not put off by the fact that Sane is set to be out until Spring 2020 with a cruciate ligament injury, suffering in the Community Shield match against Liverpool in August.
Bayern tried to sign Sane in the summer, but their bid of £70 million was rebuffed. After Sane was injured, the Bavarian side signed Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic on loan.
City were asking £145 million for the German international at the time, which Bayern balked at. However, they will be hoping that, in light of Sane’s injury and that his contract is running down, City will drop their asking price.
But the indications are that City don’t want to do a deal and would rather hold onto the player. They haven’t given up hope of him signing a new deal to stay at the Etihad.
That said, City boss Pep Guardiola has said that Sane is free to leave if he wants to – although he’d rather that he stays.
German champions Bayern Munich are waiting for Leroy Sane to make a decision on where his future lies before making any bid for him.
Bayern have targeted Sane this summer as they seek to replace departing stars Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. The 23-year-old German would fit the bill for the Bavarian side but they are waiting for Sane to say that he wants to join them before making any bid.
Sane has been thinking over the move on his holidays but now he has returned a decision is expected soon. He was in and out of the City starting XI last season, but boss Pep Guardiola sees him as an integral part of the squad.
However, City are confident that Sane will stay at the Etihad Stadium and they have been negotiating a new contract with him for some time, which they hope he will sign.
If Sane does indicate he wants to return to his homeland, then City will want a hefty fee for him. At his age, then City will be looking for upwards of £50 million, if not closer to £80 million.
Manchester City have offered winger Leroy Sane an improved contract as they bid to keep the player amid interest from German champions Bayern Munich.
Munich have been publicly courting Sane, as they look to rebuild their side following the departures of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and James Rodríguez at the end of the season.
The Bavarian side’s interest was stoked as contract talks between City and Sane have stalled in recent months.
However, City do not want the 23-year-old German international to leave and have made a new offer to him, said to be worth £150,000 per week, according to The Sunday Mirror.
It is also thought that manager Pep Guardiola sees him as integral to his plans, despite Sane not being a regular starter in the season that has just finished.
In addition, The Sunday Mirror reports that City will put a £100 million price tag on him to ward offer potential suitors. Sane also has two years left on his current deal, so City can ask for top dollar – at least for now.
City are said to be unhappy that Bayern bosses Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have spoken about wanting the player before making contact with the club about a deal.
Premier League giants Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are considering making a bid for Columbian playmaker James Rodríguez after he decided not to extend his loan stay at Bayern Munich.
Rodríguez has spent the past two seasons in Munich having struggled to impressive at Real Madrid. While his time in Bavaria has been successful – Bayern won the Bundesliga in both seasons and he scored 15 goals and provided 20 assists in 67 matches in all competitions – he has decided not to join permanently.
It is thought that Rodríguez will not be part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid, so a move is likely.
There will be no shortage of clubs interested in the 27-year-old. In the Premier League, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all thought to be interested. Meanwhile Italian champions Juventus and French title holders Paris St-Germain are also considering making a bid.
Bayern had the option to sign Rodríguez for £37 million as part of the loan deal, but Real are likely to want more for a straight transfer – possibly north of £50 million.
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