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Transfer Talk: Arsenal want Kai Havertz, known as the 'new Ozil'

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop does not hold back in how Mesut Ozil has been performing at Arsenal under Unai Emery.
Following their Europa League defeat at BATE Borisov, ESPN FC's Paul Mariner takes Arsenal to task for their less-than-impressive showing.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Shaka Hislop disagree about the amount of pressure Unai Emery may or may not be facing in the Premier League this season.

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world's media and set correspondents loose to see what's on the agenda for the summer.

TOP STORY: Ozil to be replaced by... 'the next Ozil'?

Will Mesul Ozil stay at Arsenal this summer? That is the question. The popular belief is that Ozil will be heading out of the Emirates, which could pave the way for Unai...

The 'next Ozil,' United target Kluivert, plus Aouar, Lafont tipped for stardom

While Kylian Mbappe and Gianluigi Donnarumma have both become household names over the past two seasons, there are plenty of other teenage talents lighting up the biggest leagues in Europe. Here are five to look out for in 2018...

Kai Havertz -- 18, Bayer Leverkusen

The Bundesliga is packed with talented young footballers, but Havertz is arguably the most gifted of them all. With a languid style that has drawn comparisons to Mesut Ozil, the attacking midfielder possesses the balance and technique...

Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz attracting Liverpool interest

Kai Havertz has committed his future to Bayer Leverkusen by signing a long-term contract with the Bundesliga club.
Kai Havertz has been attracting attention this season.

Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz reportedly made a visit to Liverpool's training ground last month, with a potential January transfer in the offing. So here is everything you need to know about the youngster.

Why would Liverpool be interested?

Growing up near the Dutch border, Havertz, born in 1999, joined Leverkusen in 2010 and worked his way through the club's academy.

After helping Bayer's under-17 side to a Bundesliga title with 19 goals in the 2015-16 season, the youngster took a short-cut...

Kai Havertz signs long-term contract extension with Bayer Leverkusen

Kai Havertz has committed his future to Bayer Leverkusen by signing a long-term contract with the Bundesliga club.
Kai Havertz is seen as Hakan Calhanoglu's replacement at Bayer Leverkusen.

Germany youth international Kai Havertz has signed a new five-year contract at Bayer Leverkusen.

Havertz, 18, became Leverkusen's youngest-ever player when he started against Darmstadt on match day 10 of the 2016-17 season.

Born in June 1999, the attacking midfielder has already made 28 competitive appearances for the club, scoring four goals and setting up a further six.

"I worked towards this moment in the last years," Havertz, who joined Leverkusen at the age of 11 in 2010, told the club's official...

Germany's "Next" XI: Julian Weigl, Serge Gnabry stars in the making

In the Bundesliga, the future is now. At 25.8, the average age of players in the 18 top-flight squads is lower than in any of Europe's top domestic competitions, thanks to a vertically integrated youth development system that delivers ready-made professionals and a surplus of young coaches not afraid to give young players a chance.

Some of the "next generation" stars featured below are so advanced that they're already on the fringes of the World Cup winners' starting XI; for others, their time...

 By Chris Wright

Bayer Leverkusen starlet ruled out for school exam

Kai Havertz won't be making his 21st appearance of the season for Leverkusen against Atletico Madrid...instead he will taking an exam.

With a crucial Champions League second leg against Atletico Madrid on the cards, Bayer Leverkusen took the time to inform their fans which players would be unavailable for selection.

Along with several injuries and a suspension to contend with, Leverkusen also revealed they'd be forced to manage without the services of midfieldr Kai Havertz at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

However, it emerged that the teenager has a very good excuse for staying behind.