Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller has given an important verdict on Chelsea’s situation with Kai Havertz.
The highly sought-after midfield man has been a name on everyone’s lips this summer as many big clubs have found themselves linked with a move for his services. With the financial impact of the pandemic crippling many elite sides, Chelsea have emerged as the sole runners left in the race for Havertz.
Although the Germany international reportedly recently agreed personal terms with the West London club, Voller insists his asking price must be met before he leaves Leverkusen.
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“We know about the interest of some teams, especially Chelsea,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness). “But for us, the matter is reasonably straightforward.
“He still has a two-year contract. If someone accepts our conditions, that’s okay; otherwise, he stays another year, and we’re happy.”
According to a report from the Daily Mail back in March, Leverkusen had slapped a £90million price tag on Havertz. Now, it seems the Bundesliga club aren’t willing to budge on the amount, with Voller claiming “there’s no COVID rebate for an artist like that.”
Chelsea won’t want to miss out on a deal that has already come so far and it’s likely they will fork out the money to pay for the transfer. Despite the fact they have already splashed a combined £90m on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Roman Abramovich has given Frank Lampard a further £120m to spend this summer.
“He is the best I have seen here in Leverkusen,” Voller gushed over Havertz. “And I have been here forever. We’ve had Emerson, Ballack, Zé Roberto, Kroos, but he outstrips them again.”
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