There’s an expectation that Kai Havertz will be the first €100million German player. Following João Félix’s move from Benfica to Atlético Madrid in the summer, Fernando Carro, the executive director at the BayArena, told Düsseldorf-based newspaper Rheinische Post he expects the club to use Félix’s transfer fee as a measuring stick.
“João Félix cost Atlético Madrid €126million – and I definitely don’t see Kai Havertz being worse.”
Bayern Munich are rumoured to be his likeliest destination having been named, on multiple occasions, as the club leading the race to sign the versatile attacker. But Liverpool are also keen, Barcelona have been linked while Manchester United and Chelsea joined the ever-increasing list of teams looking to sign the Bayer Leverkusen No.29.
It’s a matter of when and not if Havertz makes the move. He returned from the winter break in Germany in fine form, scoring seven goals and assisting six more in 13 appearances.
The potential is there for him to develop into whatever he wants to be. So what actually happens with his career? Using Football Manager 2020, we take a look into the future.
The prophecy becomes a reality. Havertz becomes the first €100million German player, with Barcelona paying big money to land the left-footed goalscorer. After a 12-goal showing during the 2020/21 season, the Catalan club part with £96million to sign him. Initially, he’s deployed as an attacking midfielder and he plunders a lot of goals in LaLiga – 30 across two campaigns to be exact.
The German then replaces Lionel Messi as a false nine for Barça and registers 17 goals while assisting 16, striking up quite the understanding with Kylian Mbappé, the man playing on the right for the Spanish giants in this version of the game.
Havertz is ideally suited for the false nine role. His finishing isn’t the greatest but he’s there to create for others and he does just that. The key stats for this position are first touch, technique, anticipation, decisions and vision. He excels in all of those and it’s no surprise to see him thriving in this role for Barcelona. The Germany international is the perfect foil for Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann.