Manchester City’s interest in Bayer Leverkusen and Germany full-back, Benjamin Henrichs, has been reported by both Express and Sky Sport Deutschland this year, with the latter recently revealing discreet details of a meeting between the 20-year-old’s agent and Manchester City at the Kölner Maritim-Hotel.
City are not the only club keen on Henrichs, considered one of Germany’s best emerging talents, and a player capable of operating both at right-back (his primary position) and left-back. A host of clubs besides City have been linked with the player, including Bayern Munich, Napoli, Liverpool, Juventus, Inter, RB Leipzig and Atlético Madrid.
It is perhaps Bayern Munich’s interest that City must be most wary of should the Blues follow up on their interest, and Bayern’s enquiries have revealed an interesting fact about any deal for the once-capped Germany international.
According to Kicker, the Bundesliga champions have identified Henrichs as an ideal candidate to replace club legend Philipp Lahm, who is due to retire at the end of the season. Their preference would be to sign him in 2018 rather than this coming summer, but they believe he has the right qualities to play for them.
But as was the case when they sought to rival City for Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sané, Bayern have scoffed at the fee it would take to sign Henrichs. That fee is €20 million (£17.3 million), which in today’s market, for a youngster considered to have elite potential, doesn’t sound too unreasonable at all.
Bayern are currently unwilling to pay that amount, Kicker reports. But this is surely an asking price Txiki Begiristain would consider handing over, given Manchester City’s need for new full-backs and Henrichs’ great potential.
Leverkusen haven’t given up on keeping hold of Henrichs yet and will try to improve his contract, but with the likes of Manchester City keen on their latest golden boy, they could face a difficult task hanging on him this summer.