Chelsea have been given a massive boost in their hunt for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz. Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller has admitted to German media that the club has reached an agreement that the player could leave if the right offer comes in. Earlier reports suggested that Chelsea are currently preparing an offer for Havertz.
“We have an agreement – if it fits, he can go this summer,” Voller told German media outlet Bild. “As of now, he is a player of ours. We have our ideas, we know what he can do. I personally hope that he stays one more year. Of course, you can’t force anyone. Havertz knows what he owes to his colleagues, the fans and the club.”
This is a huge boost for Chelsea, especially after Bayern Munich have ruled themselves out of signing Havertz this summer. Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, admitted that the German giants would not be able to afford a deal: “We have a really big financial challenge ahead of us. Even if we wanted the player, we could not finance it this year.”
It is believed Leverkusen are demanding a fee around €100m for Havertz this summer, a fee that Chelsea would be able to pay. The Blues have already completed two signings for next season: Ajax star Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner have joined the club for a joint transfer fee of €100m.