Chelsea are interested in Kai Havertz, but interest by itself means very little as the Blues would need to ward off competition from a number of top clubs to attain the 21-year-old’s signature. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are often mentioned in that regard, though the former are apparently out, as per their CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
There were already rumors that Bayern won’t be able to make a move for Havertz after focusing their attentions on Leroy Sané, and that seems to be the case indeed after signing the €50m winger.
“I’ll be very clear: Financially speaking, we won’t be able to transfer Havertz this year. All of European football, Bayern included, are currently facing major financial challenges for as long as it is not possible to play in front of spectators again.
“It’s a decision that Bayer Leverkusen and the player have to make [whether he leaves]. To be honest, I would also like for Havertz to stay in Leverkusen for at least another year, because we want to have competition.”
-Karl-Heinz Rummenigge; Bild via Goal
Chelsea reportedly will make the first bid for Havertz after Bayer Leverkusen play Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal final this weekend. According to Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler, Leverkusen won’t stand in the player’s way should a suitable offer arrive.
“There is nothing specific, nothing to report. As of now, he is our player. We have our ideas, we know what he can do. I personally hope that he stays one more year. We have an agreement: if it works, he can go this summer.”
- Rudi Voller; Bild via Evening Standard
Your move, Chelsea.