Manchester United are in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz in the summer transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to bolster his attacking options and Havertz is certainly a player that fits his recruitment criteria.
The 21-year-old has been the standout performer since the Bundesliga’s return, deservedly being named the German league’s player of the month in May.
Havertz has scored 15 goals and laid on seven assists for Leverkusen in all competitions and his versatility could benefit United.
Manchester Evening News have credited United with an interest in the forward, but the club must meet his demands if they are to have a chance of signing him with Chelsea and Bayern Munich also said to be interested.
Crucially, Havertz is said to have a ‘huge desire’ to play Champions League football again after his Leverkusen side were knocked out in the group stages in this season’s competition.
United will qualify for Europe’s most elite competition in fifth place if Man City’s two-year ban is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But Solskjaer’s main aim in the nine remaining games of the league season will be to finish in the top four to guarantee a spot for next season.
The Reds are just three points behind Chelsea, and a further eight behind Leicester City who they still have to play on the final day of the season.
If Solskjaer can integrate Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes together into the same team with success, and talisman Marcus Rashford comes back firing, there will be no excuses for United not to push their top four rivals all the way with a favourable run of games to finish.
A spot in next year’s Champions League could convince Havertz, and other United targets that Solskjaer’s rebuild at Old Trafford is an attractive project.