In the fifth minute of added-on time of Saturday’s DFB Pokal cup final, Kai Havertz scored a penalty with ridiculous aplomb. Unfortunately, his Bayer Leverkusen side were already losing heavily by that point, so the successful conversion only set in the final score of 4-2, with Bayern Munich completing the domestic Double.
Could that have been the final act for the highly coveted Havertz in a Leverkusen shirt?
According to German Transfer Oracle Christian Falk, there’s a decent chance it might have been. The 21-year-old is set for showdown talks regarding his future at the club.
Update @kaihavertz29: After the Cup Final the Player now wants a meeting with the club Leverkusen to talk about his future. Chelsea is interested. Bayern does not bid this summer. Real is hesitating for 2020— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 4, 2020
Should Kai, who has two years left on his current contract, push for an exit, Chelsea would surely have to be considered favorites.
Bayern Munich have already made it clear that they will not be making a move this summer — in true Bayern style, they’d rather wait a year to fleece their Bundesliga competitors — and Real Madrid are not quite convinced (yet?) either. That should put Chelsea in great position, especially if earlier reports of the Blues going “all out”, or at least up €80m, for the wonderkid are true.
Leverkusen have no intention of giving a discount on Havertz, but Chelsea could still afford to pay up — albeit at the cost of foregoing any major defensive reinforcements. But, in the final balance of things, it might be worth it to break the bank for Havertz as part of long-term (i.e. beyond just next season, strictly) plan.
Agent Rüdiger, already instrumental in Timo Werner’s signing, would certainly be a happy bunny, and he’s probably far from alone in that regard.
“Kai is talented, when I saw him train with the Germany national team I was like, “wow!” I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t want him at Chelsea.”