Arsenal find 19-year-old Mesut Ozil replacement who already visited Liverpool training ground

Kai Havertz

Arsenal are once again being linked with 19-year-old Kai Havertz who currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen, a replacement for Mesut Ozil.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 15: Kai Havertz of Germany in action during an International Friendly match between Germany and Russia at Red Bull Arena on November 15, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
LEIPZIG, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 15: Kai Havertz of Germany in action during an International Friendly match between Germany and Russia at Red Bull Arena on November 15, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

This isn’t the first time that Arsenal have been linked with the player, said to be a Sven pick.

Havertz has also shown some interest in moving to England after being shown around Liverpool’s training ground at Melwood. The left-footer reportedly visited last season as Jurgen Klopp considered a January move for the talented teenager.

Under contract until 2022, Havertz moved to Leverkusen’s youth setup when he was just 10-years-old and is now regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country.

Leverkusen are, of course, reluctant to sell one of their young stars but it looks as if they will be fending off offers from a number of top clubs this summer.

The 6ft2 midfielder, who uses his height to great effect, has scored eight and created three in 21 league appearances this season.

While his defensive contribution leaves a lot to be desired, his ability on the ball and eye for a key pass makes him a very exciting player who can also play deeper and on the wing. In fact, experts believe that his position as an attacking midfielder is not entirely settled even though Havertz names Mesut Ozil, the man he is supposedly wanted to replace, as a role model.

He’s not the only one to see similarities between the pair. Leverkusen sporting director and 1990 World Cup winner, Rudi Voller, said last year, “Kai’s a bit like Mesut Ozil, the way he strokes the ball, and the composure to make things look easy.

“He just has the gift, especially with his left foot. His ball control is just sensational.”

Aged just 17 years and 126 days when he made his debut, Havertz is the youngest player to ever play for Bayer Leverkusen’s first team.

He was also a substitute in their game against Tottenham at Wembley in the Champions League recently. Leverkusen finished as runners up in their group, three points ahead of Spurs and Havertz, still only 17 at the time, missed Leverkusen’s last 16, second leg defeat due to his A-Level exams.

Manchester United are also said to be interested while scouts from Southampton have been spotted watching him play for Germany’s u19 side.

Havertz still has three years left on his current deal meaning that any Arsenal move would likely eat up a large chunk of their limited transfer budget this summer.