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Manchester City Battling PL Rivals For Bundesliga Sensation: Why The Citizens Must Snap Him Up

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According to a recent report by The Sun, Premier League outfit Manchester City are said to be the latest club to have entered the race for the signature of Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz. The report suggests that Pep Guardiola is a massive admirer of the youngster’s talents, and that City have now joined the extensive list of English clubs that are currently keeping tabs on the German. It is clarified in the report that the Bundesliga side are expecting to receive in the region of £100m for the attacker’s highly sought-after services.

The report claims that Manchester City aren’t the only English team involved in the equation, with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, all keen on the German forward. With Manchester City entering the Kai Havertz race, the rest of their Premier League competitors will be wary of the financial backing that they possess. Although this is the case, it has been clarified in the report that the player’s asking price could come down to around £70m, owing to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the footballing market.

What Is Manchester City’s Current Attacking Situation?

The Citizens have what is undoubtedly one of the most stacked attacking rosters in the entirety of the Premier League, if not the most. In Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, Guardiola possesses two strikers that any other English side would be lucky to have.

In the wide areas as well, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez are all options for the gaffer, and this is even after completely discounting the presence of injured German Leroy Sané. Moreover, in Kevin De Bruyne, City boast the man widely regarded to be the best attacking-midfielder in European football at the moment.

Manchester City Entering The Kai Havertz Race - Havertz takes on a shot
LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Kai Havertz of Bayer 04 Leverkusen scores his teams second goal from a penalty during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and FC Porto at BayArena on February 20, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

How Would Kai Havertz Fit In At Manchester City?

The German sensation has been in fine form all through the Bundesliga campaign and continues to impress even after the restart of the tournament. Over the years, the youngster has proven to the world that he can operate in a variety of positions across the front-line. Although the Leverkusen man’s best position is undoubtedly as an attacking midfielder, take nothing away from the trickster’s ability to operate on one of the flanks, or even as the main striker when required.

An adept dribbler of the ball, Havertz boasts excellent balance and an almost unbelievably low centre of gravity for a man of his stature. Capable of beating any defender in the world with his deft movement, the German would come as an asset to any of the ‘bigger’ Premier League clubs. The forward’s record in the Bundesliga now read ten goals and five assists from 24 fixtures, and although that might not seem like the most exhilarating on paper, it’s worth considering that he’s still only 20-years-old.

Manchester City Entering The Kai Havertz Race: Guardiola Must Snap Him Up

While some will argue that defence is the only position on the pitch where the Citizens need to improve, the fact remains that their attack-line hasn’t been nearly as effective as it was last season either. Leroy Sane’s injury has been a concern, while Raheem Sterling seems to have dropped a couple of levels as a footballer. With Guardiola now opting to play Bernardo Silva in a central role as well, another attacker could well become a necessity in the coming seasons, and Havertz would fit the bill all too well from an Etihad Stadium standpoint.

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