In recent weeks, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz has been linked with a move to Chelsea along with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. Werner is more or less a done deal as an agreement in principle already exists. However, because of the coronavirus, completing a medical has become one of the biggest obstacles. Reports last week suggested Frank Lampard’s side was also interested in bringing in Havertz as Chelsea goes into their first transfer window after being banned last summer’s.
Nonetheless, the Daily Mail reports that Chelsea and Leverkusen are nowhere close to reach an agreement for the 21 year-old German
Havertz’s current transfer value is approximately 80-million Euros (transfermarkt), but Daily Mail cite The Athletic, saying that Chelsea are not prepared to pay that much for him. His contract with Die Werkself runs through the end June of 2022 and he’s had a fantastic 2019/2020 campaign, scoring 15 goals and providing 8 assists from 39 appearances across all competitions. He’s also attracted heavy interest from Bayern Munich, and more recently, Real Madrid. All that considered, Leverkusen has all of the leverage when it comes to asking for a higher fee for their young talent.
Club sporting director Simon Rolfes said that they’re really unsure about what’s going to happen with Havertz at this point: “We don’t know yet what will happen to Kai. We know that all the great clubs from Germany and Europe are after him and that he has the ability to play anywhere.”
With both Bayern and Real Madrid interested in addition to Chelsea, Leverkusen certainly won’t want to shave too much off of their asking price. With Chelsea having already acquired Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech for approximately 42-million Euros and the imminent signing of Werner from Leipzig, they’d be rather strapped for cash and might not have 80-million Euros to be able to spend on Havertz. Thankfully, this is good news for Bayern, especially with the frequency which Leroy Sané’s rumors seem to take a twist. It is, theoretically, still possible that Bayern could sign both Sané and Havertz, but it very well could come down to a one or the other decision, for which there’s a good majority of Bayern fans that would prefer Havertz.