Bayer vs. Bavaria
Leverkusen (dpa) – On Saturday, the eyes will be on him again more than they already are. When Kai Havertz and Bayer Leverkusen play against Bayern Munich, he also plays for Munich.
And he can show that they would make a mistake by making Leroy Sané’s transfer a priority. If Havertz wants to go to Munich at all.
The currently greatest talent in German football has already been dubbed a “100 million man”, although no transfer fee has been paid for him to date. And for about a year now, the question has apparently only been: Will he play in Munich from summer 2020? Maybe even in Dortmund? But in England? Or in Barcelona or Madrid? The surprising answer could be: continue in Leverkusen.
“I always have such a small hope that we can and may keep him here for a year,” said Bayer Sports Director Rudi Völler in the Sky interview. Sport director Simon Rolfes told the Spanish “Marca” that he “had great pleasure seeing him in the Leverkusen jersey for as long as possible. We know that all the big players from Germany and Europe are after him and that he can play anywhere. But we still don’t know what will happen to Kai. “
Actually, a change in the summer was decided. Bayer is said to have estimated the transfer fee internally at around 130 million euros. In the old days and in view of the applicants, that seemed quite realistic. And then Corona came. Real Madrid has already waved for this summer according to reports from Spain, FC Bayern has also recently expressed reluctance. The deputy chairman of the supervisory board Uli Hoeneß said that the change is difficult to imagine this summer. For board member Oliver Kahn, this applies in general to multi-million transfers.
In view of the contract, which runs until 2022, Leverkusen is not willing to hand over the 20-year-old for well under 100 million. Völler said that the transfer market “may have collapsed a bit at times”: “This certainly applies to many players, but not to artists like Kai Havertz.”
Havertz himself has only been evasive of his future for months. It seems clear that he wants to decide soon. Even if a change would only take place in 2021. Because the constant discussions about him have annoyed the mentally stable Havertz and certainly put a little strain on it.
And everything was projected onto it. After his sag in the first half of the season, some outsiders speculated that his head was somewhere else. The strong second half of the season was considered a letter of recommendation. And he received tips from all sides. Leverkusen’s ex-captain Jens Nowotny advised to move to Dortmund instead of Munich. Michael Rummenigge, brother of Bavaria’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, advised Munich. But only in a year or two. Bayer’s ex-manager Reiner Calmund proposed to conclude a preliminary contract with FC Bayern for 2021 and a transfer fee of 90 million.
But before that stands Havertz’s fundamental decision as to whether he wants to stay in Germany. FC Barcelona was his dream club in youth, the track to Liverpool with coach Jürgen Klopp is certainly very hot. Most recently, the youngster was not impressed by the confusion of changes. In the past 13 competitive games, he has been involved in 16 goals. He wants to expand this run against Bayern on Saturday.