The second runner in the two-horse race for Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz has fallen, with Bayern Munich announcing that they have withdrawn their interest.
It’s been a long few months on the trail of the 21-year-old transfer target but the Bundesliga champions have admitted defeat. As reported by The Mirror, Bayern have officially ended their pursuit of Havertz and leave Chelsea with a clear run at snapping him up.
Will Kai Havertz be a Chelsea player next season?
The Bayer Leverkusen sensation has been chased by a number of clubs this season, but one by one they have eventually fallen off the scene. In Bayern’s case, Havertz’s mammoth asking price of €100m (£90m) is just not feasible in this current financial climate. They have also already splashed £44.7m – rising to £54.8m – on Leroy Sane, which their honorary club president feels is enough.
“I am sure that after Leroy Sane there will be no major transfers this year,” Uli Hoeness told FAZ. “This has nothing to do with the quality of Havertz. We all think he is a very, very good player.”
Whilst Bayern would have more than likely loved to sign Havertz, forking out on two big-money transfers without the available funds simply isn’t possible.
Advanced talks were already in place between Havertz and Marina Granovskaia, so it will be more of a shock if the Blues don’t land the deal after all this time.
With interest from the champions of his home country, there was a possibility that Havertz may have preferred a Bayern move. However, now that the Bundesliga giants have been forced to pull out of the race, Chelsea are free to tie up this transfer for their most expensive target yet.
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