Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has given the green light for a £125million double Bundesliga swoop for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller in January.
United despatched their top scouts to Germany on Saturday to watch 20-year-old German international Havertz in action against Werder Bremen as well as watching Muller in Bayern Munich’s clash with Union Berlin.
Muller has been on United’s before radar, notably in 2014 when the club wanted to make him David Moyes’ first signing after the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The German attacker, now 30, is no longer seen as a first choice option by coach Niko Kovac and has started from the bench in five of Bayern’s last seven games.
Although Muller falls outside the younger age range of players United want to buy, he is still seen as a viable target by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is keen to help develop United’s young strike trio Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood.
Muller’s goal record of 110 goals in 326 games for the German giants makes him an attractive proposition having failed to land Croatian front man Mario Mandzukic- 34 next May – from Juventus on deadline day in August.
But it’s the capture of Havertz who would be a major coup – with all of Europe’s top clubs in the hunt for the emerging youngster.
Leverkusen have slapped a massive £85 million valuation on Havertz – but that won’t deter United as they build for the future.
And having kept their powder dry last summer in the search for the right midfielder United believe it’s worth the investment to land play-maker Havertz who has a killer pass in his locker and an ability to dictate temo.
Havertz completely fits their mould in age, talent, potential – and the X-factor ingredient they are looking for from future signings.