Kai Havertz was on the scoresheet for his side in a 2-1 defeat vs Inter Milan which may have been his last game for the club.
An eventful 90 minutes at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf, one of the several neutral sites selected for the tournament-style conclusion for this season’s pandemic-delayed Europa League, saw Inter Milan eliminate Bayer Leverkusen and advance to next Monday’s semifinal, where they will face the winner of Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Basel.
And so now, the Havertz games can truly begin. Leverkusen had made it clear that no transfer will take place while they’re still alive in the Europa League. If Chelsea can (or want to) pony up the cash, we should start seeing some progress
The German youngster is a big target for Chelsea who will be looking to complete the deal as soon as possible.
Although there is a current €20m deficit in the valuation of both clubs for the player, a deal is expected to be finalized soon. German clubs are usually very shrewd in their financial negotiations so Chelsea might be forced to bend to their will. Rudi Voller, who is the sporting director for Leverkusen recently stated that there is no “COVID discount” for a player of Havertz’s quality. As seen in Jadon Sancho’s case, money could well be an impediment once again.
However, Chelsea are still fresh from a transfer ban which means that the Blues’ are better placed than most of their European counterparts to splash the cash. They have made two marquee signings in attack and are keen on a third as Frank Lampard plans ahead of next season. After the departures of Pedro and Willian, the Chelsea boss is preparing an almost brand new attacking force for next season.
The prospect of linking up with national teammate Timo Werner seems very exciting to Havertz who has already agreed on personal terms ahead of the impending move. It looks as though it’s only a matter of time before Chelsea finally land their man.