Manchester United reportedly think Chelsea target Kai Havertz could end up at Real Madrid this summer. The Bayer Leverkusen star has been in stunning form since the turn of the year, sparking interest from Europe’s elite in the process. And while he’s been linked with a move to Old Trafford, the Red Devils would prefer to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund instead.
Manchester United have been linked with Havertz – but Chelsea appear to be frontrunners in the race to secure his signature.
The 20-year-old has been in sensational form for Bayer Leverkusen of late, managing 17 direct goal contributions from his last 15 appearances across all competitions.
Chelsea would love to make him their third signing of the summer with deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, of Ajax and RB Leipzig, already in the bag.
But the Daily Mail say United think Real Madrid are big admirers of the Germany international ahead of the summer transfer window.
They believe Los Blancos could move to sign the Leverkusen star, with Zinedine Zidane eager to overhaul his midfield at the end of the campaign.
Despite the La Liga giants sitting top of the table, ahead of Barcelona, their performances this term have left much to be desired.
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Veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric both appear to be past their prime.
And while Real have been tipped to sign Paul Pogba from United in this summer’s transfer window, Havertz could make the move to the Bernabeu instead.
Chelsea, however, are expected to firm up interest in Havertz the minute the Bundesliga season grinds to a close.
And whether they’re successful in signing the 20-year-old, who is close to new Blues striker Werner, is something only time will tell.
While United have been impressed by Havertz, their priority remains Sancho for the time being.
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But signing the Borussia Dortmund star won’t be easy, either, with half of Europe’s elite keen on snapping up the 20-year-old.
United also prefer Jack Grealish to Havertz, with the 24-year-old standing out amid a turbulent campaign for Aston Villa in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves piled praise on Havertz – and said he could fit into any side in the world.
“Everywhere. A kid like that, he’s so good,” Hargreaves said when asked where Havertz would fit in best should he leave Leverkusen behind.
“That’s the cool thing about this, Premier League fans are lucky because they get to watch some of the best teams and the best players.
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“You’re not normally going to watch Leverkusen play unless your team are playing them in Europe, so all of a sudden you get to see players you might have never seen before.
“For the fans who don’t watch him much, when you see him his talent is undeniable.
“His level is that high, whether it’s Man City, Liverpool, United, Arsenal, whoever – he fits in every team.
“Someone described him as a combination of Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil, which is pretty good company to be in. He’s that good.”
As well as Havertz, Chelsea are also hoping to seal a transfer deal for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell. They’ve also linked with Ciro Immobile, who has flourished for Lazio in Serie A.
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