Liverpool are not likely to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, with the Reds put off by the huge transfer fee the German will warrant.
The 20-year-old has regularly been linked with a move to Anfield over the last year and Liverpool are believed to be interested in the exciting young prospect.
However, the Independent reports that an asking price of at least £80m is far too rich for the Reds and they will look for cheaper, more left-field options when it comes to recruitment.
Liverpool are thought to see Havertz’s value at around half that amount, and will not be willing to spend big on the Germany international, especially as there is no obvious place for him in the first team.
With the Reds on course to win the Premier League for the first time in their history, Jürgen Klopp is in no rush to displace any of his first-team players, and none of his biggest players are keen to leave.
There is certainly no need to go out and break the club’s record transfer fee for a player that would not necessarily be a guaranteed starter.
If Liverpool are indeed put off a Havertz deal by the price, he is still likely to leave Leverkusen this summer, with interest from big clubs around Europe, including Bayern Munich in his homeland.
The 20-year-old scored 17 Bundesliga goals last season from midfield but has some way to go to match that this time round, with just four to his name so far this campaign.
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