Barcelona in the battle to sign 20-year-old Liverpool long-term target

Blaugrana reportedly scouted Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz in midweek and are being tipped to be involved in the transfer scrap for his signature next year. Havertz has emerged as one of the most talented youngsters in Europe with his form for Bayer, scoring 31 goals and providing 23 assists in 120 games.

With seven caps for Germany to his name too, he has already acquired plenty of experience and could be a long-term solution in midfield for several top clubs. Blaugrana sent a scout to watch him in action against Atletico Madrid in the UCL this week, while it’s added that they’ve been monitoring him for most of this campaign.

However, they could face a battle to land his signature if they do launch a bid, as Sport add that Havertz’s price-tag could be nearly €100m while the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool are also said to be interested.

Time will tell if that valuation is enough to put off any of the clubs named explicitly in the report though, as that is a sizeable fee that they would have to splash out to prise him away from Bundesliga giants.

Given the quality and potential that he has displayed to date though, it could be enough to convince them that they would be signing a top-class talent for a long-term role in the side.

That said, with Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Arthur, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Carles Alena all battling for a spot in the Blaugrana midfield already, exits will arguably be needed first to create space for Havertz if a deal is done.