Transfer Rumour: Chelsea and Manchester United interested in Bayer Leverkusen full-back Benjamin Henrichs
Bayer Leverkusen full-back Benjamin Henrichs has attracted the interest of Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United, after putting in impressive displays for the Leverkusen first-team.
The 19-year-old right-back is the latest in line to progress from the Bayer Leverkusen academy, which has seen the likes of Hakan Calhanoglu, Jonathan Tah, and Julian Brandt – all make their way to the first-team of the German side.
As per Germany’s Sport Bild, Manchester United and Chelsea are keeping a track on the highly-rated starlet and could make a move to sign him in January. Manchester City are also said to be interested in the youngster.
The teenager, himself, has revealed to Sport Bild that English clubs’ interest in him began after an impressive showing in a game in England. “England clubs were interested after a national match in England in September 2015 with the German U-19 in England,” said the German youngster to Sport Bild.
The versatile footballer can play in either full-back positions and can also play further up the field in attacking positions in central midfield and the wings. In last year’s U-19 team, Henrichs played in as many as 8 positions, as per Outside of the Boot. The attacking full-back has progressed quickly and has already made 14 appearances in the Leverkusen first-team, and chipping in with 2 assists to his name.
Henrichs’ excellent performances have been rewarded with a starting berth in manager Roger Schmidt’s first-team.
If he does leave Leverkusen in January or the summer, he won’t be going on the cheap as he’s tied down to the club till 2020 and Bayern will fight tooth and nail to keep the promising youngster or attach a hefty price tag on him.
His impressive displays have also caught the eyes of Germany national team coach Joachim Löw, who has called up Henrichs for the upcoming games against San Marino and Italy this week.
Henrichs’ team are currently in 8th position in the Bundesliga after 10 games and are 8 points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
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