They often say waiting is the hardest part. And with Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen locked in negotiations over Kai Havertz for the past week, if not longer, after months of solid rumors, we’re still waiting for something concrete to happen.
Until then, we have to make do with non-concrete updates, which mostly just repeat the previous non-concrete updates. Here’s the latest in the long line of those, from Bayer Leverkusen sporting Rudi Völler, who continues to play his role as the defiant and reluctant seller to perfection.
“There is nothing new in this regard, and we are still very relaxed about it,.
“Of course, we would be very happy if he stayed for another year. It is clear that the departure of such a player, despite the high transfer fee, always means a loss — see Leipzig and [Timo] Werner.”
Talks continue to center on the transfer fee, with the two sides seemingly circling around €90m — that’s probably a total figure, with bonuses and add-ons included — but yet to find an agreement.
“In times of corona, it may actually be that the transfer fees have decreased for many players. But corona or no corona, this is not the case with exceptional players like Havertz or Jadon Sancho. There is no corona discount for them.
“What makes Kai Havertz so interesting is the fact that he embodies world-class in four or five positions.”
These things can take time. We just have to wait a little bit longer.