There has been a lot of noise around the future of Kai Havertz lately, especially with Real Madrid among the clubs reportedly interested in his services.
As the club look to beef up its options in the creative department, the Chelsea star has been identified as one of the players who can improve the team. Havertz has had a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge and could be open to leaving Chelsea this summer.
Real Madrid, though, have appeared quite reluctant in negotiating with Chelsea for the services of Havertz, who is rated at around €60 million.
But according to SportBILD, one of Real Madrid’s star players, Toni Kroos, rates Havertz highly. The report points out that the midfielder sees Havertz as a player who can fit into the Real Madrid setup next season and beyond.
This is particularly important in the context of the Havertz pursuit. As per Bild, Kroos is an influential entity within the Real Madrid camp and is even part of Carlo Ancelotti’s close circle. So his opinion could definitely impact Real Madrid’s pursuit of the German international.
However, as things stand right now, ‘Operation Havertz’ could prove to be difficult. This is because Real Madrid are already busy pursuing a deal for Harry Kane, who has been identified as the ideal replacement for Karim Benzema.
The veteran forward has recently joined Saudi Arabian giants Al-Ittihad ahead of the new season. Kane, therefore, has emerged as the transfer priority for Los Blancos.
Unless Real Madrid have proper clarity on the Kane pursuit, they are unlikely to splash the cash on the services of Havertz. The club, nonetheless, could continue to monitor the situation of the German international this summer.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Atletico Madrid
Following Barcelona’s awe-inspiring comeback win against Celta Vigo yesterday, the pressure is on Real Madrid to regain top spot in La Liga as they travel to Civitas Metropolitano to lock horns against Atletico Madrid.
The first Madrid derby of the season will not feature Vinicius Jr, who had to pull out of the travelling squad today due to a stomach bug.
Jude Bellingham has been given the green light, though, and is likely starting as the out and out striker for this game, with Joselu benched. The Englishman is joined by Rodrygo by his side, while Luka Modric plays behind them as the attacking midfielder.
Behind this trio, Toni Kroos has been handed the keys as the pivot, with Aurelien Tchouameni benched. Eduardo Camavinga starts alongside Federico Valverde as the central midfielders.
Lucas Vazquez fills in for the injured Daniel Carvajal at right-back, while Fran Garcia comes back to take over his left-back spot from Nacho. David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger round off the quadrant in central defence, screening Kepa in goal.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Garcia; Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga; Modric; Rodrygo, Bellingham