Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller has warned Chelsea that there are a “few clubs” interested in their prized asset Kai Havertz – but Frank Lampard’s side are leading the race for the midfielder’s signature. However, Voller insists the Blues will not be able to sign the player for any less than Leverkusen’s valuation.
Chelsea are hoping to make Havertz their third signing of the summer and some reports suggest personal terms have already been agreed.
All that is left to finalise is the fee. Leverkusen are demanding £90million, which is £20m more than the Blues are willing to pay.
If the two clubs can come to a compromise then a deal is expected to be completed when Leverkusen’s Europa League campaign comes to an end.
However, Voller was keen to point out that the west Londoners do not have all the power in negotiations as he claims there are rival clubs who could strike a deal.
“We know there are few clubs interested in Havertz, especially Chelsea are strongly interested,” Voller told Gazzetta dello Sport.
Chelsea are hoping Leverkusen will lower their asking price given how the coronavirus has affected their revenue streams.
But Voller insists there will be no discount as Havertz has two years remaining on his current contract.
“Havertz? We know that Chelsea are strongly interested in him,” he added.
“But we’ll not sell any player before the end of the Europa League.
“If Chelsea want to sign Kai, they must pay what we ask. No lower price because of Covid-19.”
Leverkusen reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League by beating Rangers 1-0 (4-1 on aggregate) in midweek.
The Bundesliga side take on Inter Milan in the next round, which is part of a mini-tournament held in Germany.
Meanwhile, Voller spoke last month explaining why he thinks Havertz wants to leave the BayArena.
“Maybe I’m too old-fashioned or romantic but for me it is a matter of course that a player ends the season no matter when it ends,” he added.
“There is no discussion at all for me to consider. Could I possibly hurt myself? Or take a little vacation?
“Then some should have withdrawn two months ago.
“Whether it’s the Europa League or the Champions League, if it’s wanted by the player, the host and the club, I couldn’t understand if a player didn’t want to [play].”