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Rummenigge says Bayern Munich cannot afford Kai Havertz this summer, putting Chelsea in pole position

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KHR showered us with bad news in a single interview. The good vibes from the Sane signing are now gone.

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If that Thiago report from an hour ago didn’t get you down, don’t worry — there’s always more bad news incoming. In an interview with Bild, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted that the club did not have the funds to pursue Kai Havertz this summer. Speaking about the transfer, KHR said, “We have a really big financial challenge ahead of us. Even if we wanted the player, we could not finance it this year.”

The Bayer Leverkusen star has been linked with a whole host of big clubs across Europe, with Bayern and Chelsea being the major interested parties. Today’s news will come as music to the ears of Blues fans, given that their main competitor for Havertz’s signature basically just admitted defeat.

Why did it have to come to this? Leverkusen’s gargantuan asking price is probably to blame. Even though Havertz has only one year left on his contract, Bayer are demanding upwards of 100m euros for the transfer. For teams that have been financially devastated by the coronavirus, that kind of price is almost impossible to pay at the moment.

Well, what next then? As Bayern Munich fans, we have to hope that Chelsea misses on qualifying for the Champions League next season. That could motivate Havertz to stick with his current club for another year, and then Bayern would be poised to snatch him up on a lower price next summer. Is that realistic? Maybe.

This isn’t the end of Bayern’s pursuit of Havertz, but definitely a significant speed bump. We have to see how things develop from here. The ball is in Chelsea’s court now — will they take advantage of our weakness and snatch Havertz away? Or will they drop the ball, and end up in the Europa League again? The waiting game starts now, and personally I’m not looking forward to it.