Liverpool could be set to splash out over £100million in order to sign German wonderkid Kai Havertz.
The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is one of the most highly rated youngsters in world football, and has been a regular for the German outfit for many years despite being the tender age of 20.
The German was named in last season’s Bundesliga Team of the Year, and has attracted attention from some of the biggest clubs in Europe as a result of his dazzling displays.
Having a wealth of experience to his name despite his young age, spanning 126 first team appearances for Leverkusen and seven international caps for Germany, Havertz would be a starter for almost any team in the world – including Liverpool.
According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Jurgen Klopp is ready to enter the race along with the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in order to sign the youngster.
The fee required for Havertz would reportedly be in excess of £100m, smashing Liverpool’s current record of £75m spent on Virgil Van Dijk. But he is seen as a player who is needed at Anfield, not least for his potential, but also because of uncertainty surrounding the futures of Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Speaking about his future last year, Havertz admitted he was open to leaving Leverkusen in the future.
“I am honest, at some point the next step must come for me,” Havertz told Bild last year.
Liverpool have already made two signings in January, with Japanese midfielder Takuami Minamino and English striker Joe Hardy joining up with the Reds.