Arsenal have been linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. Whilst he would likely cost the Gunners a pretty penny, next summer would be the perfect time to bring the Germany international to the Emirates Stadium.
It is being reported by German outlet Sport1 that Unai Emery and co are keen on a move for Havertz. They have also added that the 20-year-old will cost somewhere in the region of €100m (£90.6m).
The north London outfit are not the only side who are looking at the Leverkusen star, though. Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have also been credited with an interest. As such, there should be stiff competition for his signature.
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They tried to bring in some cheaper, more cost-effective options, including Dani Ceballos. The on-loan Real Madrid star has started the season well, and could prove to be a valuable arrival for this season.
However, should he perform as the Gunners hope, then Los Merengues will more than likely look to take him back to the Santiago Bernabeu – after all, there is no purchase option in the deal. With Mesut Ozil yet to feature this campaign and his form having waned last term, a new attacking midfielder will likely be in the club’s thoughts.
In Havertz, there are few better prospects in world football right now. He was rated as the third-best player under 20 earlier this year by L’Equipe, and for good reason. Last season, he was in stunning form, scoring 20 goals and recording 7 assists in all competitions for the Bundesliga outfit, and he has hit the ground running this time around, scoring two in two. He brings goal and assists from a number 10 role and could lead the midfield should Arsenal be able to snap him up.
Whilst Ceballos and Ozil should keep the Gunners going this season, next summer feels like the natural time to bring in Havertz and make the attacking midfielder slot his own, replacing an on-loan talent and overtaking Arsenal’s current creator-in-chief.