Bayer Leverkusen reject Real Madrid's opening bid for Kai Havertz
Spanish giants Real Madrid reportedly had a £71 million transfer offer for Kai Havertz rejected by Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. But it is understood that Los Blancos remain desperate to land the German wonderkid who is the subject of plenty of interest from across Europe.
As per reports in Germany, the La Liga giants even tried to sweeten the deal by offering to loan Havertz back to his current club for the 2020-21 season. It was thought the deal could work for both sides but ended only in Real Madrid's disappointment.
Zinedine Zidane would have secured one of the hottest young talents in Europe and the German side would be able to reinvest the cash this summer when transfer fees are likely to be lower. However, it is believed that Los Blancos are set to make an improved offer soon as they are adamant to not lose out on the generational talent.
The reported initial fee of £71 million was not enough to convince Leverkusen to sell their best player who has been regarded as the biggest talent in Germany this century.
The Bundesliga side, still in the hunt for a Champions League spot, are determined to hold out for around £90 million for their academy graduate who has created a number of milestones in Bundesliga already.
Los Blancos are unsurprisingly keen to get a deal done as soon as possible for the creative star who is enjoying a stunning season in front of goal, becoming the first player to score 35 Bundesliga goals before turning 21.
Bayern Munich are also ready to make a move for the German sensation, knowing it well that waiting until 2021 could be too late. Ahead of the Bundesliga clash between Bayern and Bayer, Munich's boss Hansi Flick admitted any coach would love to have Havertz.
"I think very few coaches wouldn't want to have Kai Havertz in their team. I've known him since the U17s (Germany national team). He has developed enormously well at Leverkusen.
"He moves very well, between the lines and has strong instinct to score goals at a young age."
A host of Premier League sides are also keeping tabs on the German international, who is under contract at Leverkusen until 2022. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United made their interest known before Manchester City also joined the race.
Pep Guardiola is understood to be very keen on Havertz, who can operate as a playmaker, supporting striker or number nine which makes him ideal in the City system especially with David Silva and eventually Sergio Aguero both needing to be replaced.
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