‘I’m one of the best Prem players right now but Man Utd wouldn’t pay my transfer fee’

Kai Havertz reportedly had interest in signing with Manchester United prior to his 2020 transfer to Chelsea. Since joining Arsenal in the summer, the forward has completely transformed his career, and in recent weeks, he has been among the Premier League’s most productive players.

Mikel Arteta has enjoyed the fruits of his summer spending binge: Havertz, Declan Rice, and David Raya have all raised the standard in north London and inspired their colleagues to reach new heights.

This season, the Gunners have mounted a formidable title campaign, but they may have to settle for second place behind Manchester City once more. Although they have played one more game, Arsenal is presently one point ahead of Pep Guardiola’s team.

If Arteta’s team is to stop City from winning the title, they must play perfect football in their final two games of the season, and Havertz will undoubtedly be crucial to their success. The Germany international is leading the line expertly at the Emirates Stadium, having scored 12 goals and provided six assists in 35 league games this season.

Havertz, 24, has quieted his detractors with outstanding hold-up play and his willingness to drop deep and impact play centrally. He is undoubtedly close to earning the £65 million that the Gunners spent Chelsea to obtain his services.

Arsenal will undoubtedly be happy with the transaction, and United may be left to pick up the pieces after earlier deciding not to sign Havertz. The Athletic claims that before to the dynamic playmaker’s trade from Bayer Leverkusen to the Blues, the Red Devils scouted him extensively.

When United reached out to Havertz in January 2020, Leverkusen offered them £90.8 million for their interest. But instead of attempting to renegotiate in the summer, they stood by while Chelsea secured a deal to hire him for about £72 million.

The Red Devils opted to sign Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri instead, and although Havertz did not fulfil his potential at Stamford Bridge, he appears to be a rejuvenated figure under Arteta and his good performance will leave the higher powers at United pondering ‘what if’ given that they are still in the market to sign a striker a whole four years later.

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