Update In Manchester United’s Pursuit Of Bundesliga Star: Should They Double Their Efforts To Sign Him?

Kai Havertz of Germany speaks at a press conference at Deutsches Fussball Museum on October 11, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. Germany will play against Estonia the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match on October 13, 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

According to Daily Star, Manchester United have been dealt with a huge blow in their pursuit of Kai Havertz. Although the Red Devils are confident that they will be able to sign him in the summer, the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has recently hinted that he would rather move to Real Madrid. 

Eldesmarque has already claimed that the Spanish giants are in advanced talks with Havertz over a summer move. But, given United’s financial powers, it would be foolish to rule them out of the race. However, is Havertz quality enough for the Red Devils?

Havertz could answer to United’s prayers

One of the main shortcomings from Manchester United this season has been the lack of creativity in the final third. The departure of Ander Herrera and injury to Paul Pogba mean they have missed someone who can ease the transition from midfield to attack. Moreover, they have appeared overreliant on the services of Juan Mata in the creative department while Jesse Lingard has barely managed to impress under Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer.

Havertz, in that regard, could be ideally suited to that job. The Leverkusen star is an attacking midfielder by trade. But, he can operate as the ball-carrier in half-spaces and act as the catalyst in the final third. His ability to drift past defenders coupled with his quick feet allows him to nestle through the opposition press, which could be useful in the fast-paced nature of the Premier League.

An experienced whizkid

Despite being 20 years old, Havertz has become one of the most premier attacking midfielders in the Bundesliga and his consistency within the past couple of seasons has made him the most sought-after player in Germany. 

Havertz first enjoyed his breakthrough way back in the 2016/17 campaign. Since then, he has played 120 competitive matches for  Bayer Leverkusen, almost 100 of which have come in the German top division. Moreover, the youngster has already won seven caps for the German national team.

He is expected to be a guaranteed pick for next year’s European Championships, which is enough to suggest his importance not only at a club level but also at an international level.

An ideal fit for Solskjaer’s philosophy

Man United deserve credit for sticking with Solskjaer despite a disappointing start to the campaign. The Norwegian wants to build a squad around young players, having already signed Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer.

Havertz, in that regard, could turn out to be an excellent long-term replacement for the ageing Mata. And at the age of 20, he has time on his side and will provide the club with the prospect for the future. 

Jack O’Brien

A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.