Arsenal are in pole position to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, according to reports in Germany and England.
Arsenal leading race for Havertz and can make a move soon
Gunners are tipping ahead Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United for his sign and Southampton are also reported to be interested in the young player.
Havertz, the 18 year old came through the ranks at Bayer Leverkusen, having moved to the club when he was just 11 years old. He made his debut for Leverkusen in 2016 at the age of 17, making him the youngest player to represent the club at senior level.
He so far has made 51 appearances for them and scored seven goals. The youngster also has represented Germany in youth levels, most recently for Germany under 19s where he scored a goal and an assist in Germany’s 4-1 win over Netherlands, in which Arsenal scouts were also present.
Havertz in action for the Germany Under 17s
But the North London club are ahead of other teams because of a Mesut Ozil factor. Havertz playing style is compared with Arsenal’s midfielder and the young player himself idolizes Ozil and wants to be like his compatriot, so the Ozil factor can be pivotal in Havertz’s future commitments.
Havertz once told reporters, “I look up to Mesut Özil. He plays football the way I like it. He’s always calm with the ball, never stressed. I love watching his games.”
The Mirror reports that if a fee is agreed between the two clubs, there is a good chance that Havertz will be a Gunner by August this year as a bid is set to be tabled at the end of this season.
Mesut Ozil is Havertz’s idol and can be a telling factor
He also has been Leverkusen’s youngest ever goal scorer and had 4 goals and 5 assists in his debut season last term. The starlet has continued his run of good form and has already featured 24 times for the German side this season.