Kai Havertz is a German footballer who is capable of playing in a variety of positions across the front. Born on 11 June 1999, Havertz started playing for amateur outfit Alemannia Mariadorf when he was just four years old. Soon, he was signed up by Alemannia Aachen before football whispers saw him joining Bayer Leverkusen when he was just 11 years old. In the forthcoming campaigns, Havertz would turn out to be influential for Leverkusen’s youth teams.
After having impressed the club sufficiently, Havertz was given an opportunity to make his debut in 2016. His debut against Werder Bremen saw him become the youngest debutant for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. Havertz would go on to become a regular for Leverkusen from then on. Despite his debut coming almost in the middle of the campaign, Havertz ended up making 24 appearances in his first season. A lot of transfer rumours began about his future as he was seen as a star in the making with a lot of excellent technical ability along with an eye for goal.
The next three seasons saw further improvement from Havertz, who was extremely influential in Leverkusen’s squad. However, his growth also led to a lot of gossip surrounding his future with the likes of Bayern Munich showing interest. Havertz decided to rest all the rumours by staying at Leverkusen in order to get regular first-team action. Leverkusen’s inability to qualify for the Champions League on a regular basis would end up kick starting the transfer news section once again.
Havertz had a spectacular 2018-19 campaign after coming in with 17 goals in 34 matches. This incredible performance saw him get into the Bundesliga team of the year. This was followed by more impressive performances in Europe and he was named in the Europa League squad of the campaign for the 2019-20 campaign.
The lack of Champions League football for Leverkusen reduced the transfer odds for Havertz’ departure in the summer of 2020. Leverkusen were powerless to stop the midfielder from making a move to Chelsea when the blues came calling with a £72 million offer.
Havertz is capable of playing in a variety of positions – as an attacking midfielder, striker, left sided attacking midfielder, right-sided attacking midfielder, or deep-lying playmaker. Havertz is often compared with German stars like Toni Kroos due to his style of play.
Kai Havertz Transfer Rumours
- From Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea for £72 million in 2020
Havertz began his playing days with Alemannia Mariadorf before moving to Alemannia Aachen for a solitary campaign. He was soon made into one of the transfer targets for big clubs in Germany and Aachen were unable to stop Leverkusen from getting hold of Havertz when he was just 11.
Immediately after making his debut, Havertz started hitting several milestones. His obvious talent did not go unnoticed with many big clubs taking a look at the youngster. Chelsea ultimately ended up paying £72 million for his transfer and signed him a five-year contract.