Chelsea deny claims director has acted ‘unprofessionally’ in Havertz chase

Chelsea have released a short statement on the accusations that director Marina Granovskaia has acted unprofessionally in the club’s hunt for Kai Havertz. There had been rumours that the Russian tried to collect information on Bayern Leverkusen’s weaknesses to gain the upper hand during the negotiations for Havertz.

Chelsea have now released a statement firmly denying the claims, insisting Roman Abramovich’s most trusted advisor approaches transfer negotiations with the utmost respect and professionalism. “We vigorously deny these suggestions; these claims are a complete fabrication,” a Chelsea spokesman told the Press Association.

The Russian director has built an impressive reputation as one of the most influential women in football and she is praised for her negotiating skills. Chelsea have already signed Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) and would love to add Havertz as their third signing of the summer.