Liverpool hierarchy have strong Kai Havertz view affecting final transfer decision
Liverpool will not be signing Kai Havertz and the board are concerned that the player and his entourage are using the club to boost his value. The 20-year-old has caught the eye in the Bundesliga after maturing into one of the best midfielders in the division.
His performances for his club have received recognition at international level too and Havertz is already a regular for Joachim Low’s Germany side.
Leverkusen are determined to keep hold of Havertz this summer and will only sell if their £90m valuation is met.
Their asking price is seen as steep by a host of interested clubs, including Liverpool.
According to Sky Sports, the Liverpool hierarchy are convinced that Havertz and his team are using the club’s supposed interest to spark a bidding war.
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Reporter Vinnie O’Connor said on Havertz: “Another player, like Timo Werner, who has been constantly linked with Liverpool and, on the face of it, appears to be a possibility.
“And, like Werner, all the noises out of Anfield contradict that.
“Back in the January transfer window I was told that Liverpool had no interest in Havertz going as far as to say that Liverpool’s name was being used to give others a nudge to move for him.
“As it stands I have been given no indication their stance has changed.”
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Havertz recently declared that he is considering his future and feels the time is right to move on from the club.
Liverpool are not the only Premier League club to be linked with him with Arsenal also reportedly admirers.
“I’m ready to take a big step, and I like challenges. For me, this also includes abroad,” Havertz told Sport Bild.
“Leverkusen are a great club, I feel good. I have always said that. But of course I want to take the next step in my career at some point. That’s my ambition.
“The coach is a very important person for me. It must be a good fit.
“You can see that with our coach, Peter Bosz. For me, the sporting director of the club is also reflected in the choice of coach.”
Liverpool have not signed an attacking midfielder of Havertz’s ilk since losing Philippe Coutinho, meaning there could still be room for a No 10.
That would have been Nabil Fekir if Liverpool had not have changed their mind on the transfer in June 2018.
Klopp looks unlikely to pay £90m for Havertz, particularly given that he is not a guaranteed starter.
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