Chelsea are reportedly keen on bringing Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz who could be a long-term alternative to Philippe Coutinho.
The Blues have been heavily linked to Coutinho as the 27-year-old’s loan spell at Bayern Munich is closing to an end.
However, according to The Athletic, Chelsea could abandon their pursuit of the Brazilian playmaker and turn their attention to Bundesliga’s 20 years old prospect Havertz.
The report also said Chelsea have sent scouts to watch Havertz on multiple occasions.
Younger, better version of Coutinho
Similar to Coutinho, Havertz is a versatile attacker who predominantly plays in a number 10 position.
While Coutinho operates on the left when he is not playing behind the striker, Havertz occupies the right flank.
Havertz has also played as a number eight a few times, although some would say he lacks the defensive prowess to play as a centre midfielder.
In terms of goals involvement, Coutinho’s eight goals and six assists in 22 appearances are ahead of Havertz’s six goals and five assists.
However, it should be taken into account that Coutinho plays for the superior Bayern side.
Coutinho has averaged 2.6 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game in the league, while Havertz has had 1.6 shots, 2.3 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per game.
In the Europa League, Havertz has had three goals and two assists in just three appearances.
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Watching Havertz on the pitch would remind you of Ruben Loftus-Cheek as both have unbelievably good ball control despite their tall figures.
To bring Havertz to Stamford Bridge, however, Chelsea would have to beat several other top clubs including Bayern Munich who have been the favourite destination for German footballers these days.
Signing Havertz would also come with the same problems as Coutinho; where would he fit in Lampard’s 4-3-3, would his signing end Mason Mount’s Chelsea career?
His price tag would also be an issue. Leverkusen’s manager Peter Bosz told Algemeen Dagblad in March that Havertz would cost more than €100million (£90m).