Liverpool are prepared to spend €125m (£106.8m) on Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz claims Mundo Deportivo, citing the German media.
It is alleged that the European Cup holders have placed themselves at the head of the queue for the Germany international by already holding talks with Leverkusen representatives.
Liverpool’s record signing is Virgil van Dijk, who arrived from Southampton in January 2018 for £75m.
However, the English giants are allegedly prepared to smash that figure in order to sign Havertz during next summer’s transfer window.
As is often the case at this time of year, the validity of the rumour remains open to debate.
Mundo Deportivo makes some incredibly strong claims, such as the club-record fee and talks with representatives already being underway, while ambiguously attributing their information to “German media” without mentioning any specific source or publication.
Unsurprisingly, however, it has got a number of Liverpool fans talking and many are concerned by the alleged cost.
— Abuti Baby (@RealBigDaddy) January 15, 2020
Is not gonna happen £120M for that kid ??? Nahhh
— Liverpool FC Supporters Perú (@PeruvianScouser) January 15, 2020
This kid is quality 👍 £125mill been quoted to buy him is way too steep though imo
— Liam Hennelly (@HennellyLiam) January 15, 2020
No chance we’re paying £125 million for a squad player
— Alex McGowan🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@AlexScouse13) January 15, 2020
No thanks 125M for a squad player…
— Mister D (20-1-0) (@mister_d75) January 15, 2020
Others, though, are seemingly keen for their club to complete a deal for the attacking midfielder regardless of the price.
Havertz enjoyed an impressive 2018/19 campaign at club level, finding the back of the net on 20 occasions in 42 appearances in all competitions.
The big fat Liverpool quiz of 2019 – how much do you remember about the last year at Anfield?
This season, though, he has managed just three goals and one assist in 21 outings.
Bring him asap
— Aayush Lala (@lala_aayush) January 15, 2020
Get it done now then loan him back
— Lake91 (@CLaker91) January 15, 2020
It’s a pleassure to watch this kid. He is amazing. And under Klopp he could just rise his game.
— Domen Zagar (@Domen128) January 15, 2020
Get it done now and loan him back to that club for 6 months
— Craig Fisher (@1CraigFisher) January 15, 2020
Another supporter has suggested an alternative to Havertz, with Ajax’s Donny van de Beek mentioned as a possible alternative for the Reds. The midfielder has bagged six goals and four assists in the Eredivisie this season.
I’d rather have van de Beek over him imo, as a backup false 9 and versatile midfielder
— Gustavé (@gustavkop) January 15, 2020