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Leverkusen confirm ‘strong’ Chelsea interest, insist Havertz staying until end of season

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Reiteration

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Rangers FC - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Martin Meissner/Pool via Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen have, for the first time, publicly acknowledged Chelsea’s interest in their wonderboy, Kai Havertz, but have also reiterated their now-obvious intentions to keep hold of the 21-year-old until the end of their Europa League campaign, whenever that may be.

“Havertz? We know that Chelsea are strongly interested in him... but we’ll not sell any player before the end of the Europa League.

“If Chelsea want to sign Kai, they must pay what we ask. No lower price because of Covid.”

-Rudi Völler; source: Gazzetta via @FabrizioRomano

That’s pretty much what Völler said last week as well, with the one difference of apparently mentioning Chelsea (I say apparently because we only have this second-hand tweet from Romano), and of course Leverkusen having restarted their Europa League campaign now.

Havertz and Leverkusen are into the quarterfinals of the competition after eliminating Rangers earlier this week, and if they make it to the final, any potential transfer will have to wait at least a couple more weeks. The Europa League final is set to take place on Friday, August 21.

But, at the end of the day, that’s not really an issue. With Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Völler confirming interest from Chelsea specifically (now that Bayern have officially dropped out), it’s surely only a matter of time before we fork over the cash and welcome Kai to the Bridge.

Oh, and next up for Bayer are Inter Milan in the quarterfinals on Monday. It’s not been a great season for Antonio Conte in Milan, and he may yet get the boot after just one year thanks to his outburst after the final match of the season, but he can do us (and himself) a nice favor by eliminating Leverkusen. Forza, Antonio!