Bayer Leverkusen have not given up hope of keeping Kai Heuertz this summer, according to the club’s sporting director Rudi Völler.
The 20-year-old has impressed for Leverkusen since breaking onto the scene in 2016 – netting 73 goals in just 143 games.
Kai Havertz has been attracting interest from across Europe lately / Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
He has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs in recent years and interest has increased since the return of the Bundesliga last month.
Despite Havertz’s status as one of the most sought-after talents in world football, Leverkusen’s sporting director Voller has revealed that the club still have some hope of convincing him to stay at the BayArena.
“We haven’t given up hope that he will be with us,” Voller told ARD (via The Daily Star ).
“We try to give him every opportunity to play to his strengths. He did a fantastic job in the second half of the season.
Despite Voller’s optimism, Leverkusen face an uphill battle to prevent Havertz from leaving in the summer. Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester City are just some of the sides who have been tipped for a move for the versatile German.
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Chelsea also recently entered the race for their signature, just days after they completed a deal for fellow Bundesliga star Timo Werner. The Blues are believed to be preparing a bid of £75m for Havertz, which is just under Die Werkself’s €100m (£89m) asking price.
Real Madrid are also thought to be considering an €80m bid for the starlet, in a deal that would see him return to Leverkusen for the 2020/2021 season – whenever that is.
Liverpool, on the other hand, seem to have missed the chance to bring Huertz to Anfield. After losing Werner to Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp has said he did not expect the club to approve any big signings in the summer.