​Barcelona have intensified their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, with the Catalan giants thought to be desperate to win the race for his signature.

The 20-year-old enjoyed an outstanding breakout season last year, scoring 20 goals from midfield to attract interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Thomas Partey,Kai Havertz

According to ​Sport​Barcelona have sent scouts to watch Havertz in almost every game this season, including Wednesday's 2-1 win over ​Atlético Madrid, and they have decided that the German will be one of their top targets.

La Blaugrana are aware that both ​Bayern Munich and ​Manchester United are keen on Havertz, who could cost upwards of €100m, so they have quickly expressed their interest with the midfielder's representatives, insisting that he would be a guaranteed starter at Camp Nou.

Leverkusen have accepted that they will be forced to sell Havertz at the end of the season, and Barcelona are ready to involve themselves in any bidding war to try and get their man.

Kai Havertz

Signing Havertz would certainly make sense for Barcelona. While they currently have an excess of central midfielders, few of those have actually made a noteworthy impact this season.

There are doubts over the long-term futures of ​Arturo Vidal​Ivan Rakitić and even Sergio Busquets, while the future of Brazilian Arthur has also been the subject of speculation after he failed to make two of Barcelona's last three matchday squads.

Should some of those players leave, there would easily be a place for Havertz, and their departures would likely raise the vast majority of his €100m fee, which probably would not be a problem for Barcelona anyway.

Ernesto Valverde

Ernesto Valverde's current midfield options have struggled to both score and create goals this season, so bringing in someone like Havertz, who has proven to be a real threat at the highest level, could be the answer.

Whenever an exciting young player emerges, Barcelona like to involve themselves in negotiations, and it appears as though they are set to do the same with Havertz.

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