Liverpool have apparently been disqualified in their attempt to bring Kai Havertz to Anfield, reports claiming that Juventus are ready to cool their interest in the player.
The defending Serie A champions were ready to start a movement for the Bayer Leverkusen star this summer, but could now vote against it due to the coronavirus emergency, German media report says Sky Sport via Calciomercato.com.
The report details that the Bianconeri have been following the 20-year-old player, who had a contract with Leverkusen until 2022, for some time and were ready to compete Liverpool for his signature.
However, with the Bundesliga outfit not seeking to lower the player’s asking price by £ 81 million, despite the fact that the pandemic is likely to reduce the market value of all players due to the financial successes that the clubs receive currently, it looks like juve is arguing far from the deal.
Havertz has made 34 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring 10 goals and adding eight assists. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is also one of his biggest fans.
Liverpool may have moved to the front of the young midfielder’s queue, but they can still face competition from Real Madrid for their signing.
The Spanish giants are looking to reorganize an aging midfielder this summer and see Havertz as an ideal candidate for a role at the Bernabeu, but Klopp’s connections and the fact that the two are compatriots could still direct the player to Merseyside.
However, this decision can only come in 2021, if the current delays in football around the world continue.
Meanwhile, Liverpool striker Xherdan Shaqiri is nearing departure from Anfield, with Seville appearing to be the main contenders for his signing, reports said.
Shaqiri – a two-time Champions League winner – moved to Anfield in the summer of 2018 shortly after Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League.
While the Swiss international has played his part in the success of Liverpool in recent years, his key contributions – including against Manchester United and Barcelona – are few.
Instead, injuries have dominated his career under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp and the 28-year-old has been linked to his next move in recent months. Read more…