Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller has dismissed claims that there has been progress between the two clubs over Kai Havertz deal despite Blues reportedly wants to complete a triple transfer swoop over the next week with the 21-year-old German star blockbuster signing of the three.
It came to light yesterday that Chelsea are in advanced talks to land Paris Saint-Germain skipper Thiago Silva on a free transfer and Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell is also close to completing a £50million move to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues feel confident of also getting Kai Havertz through the door at Stamford Bridge within the next week as Frank Lampard wants to secure all transfer target before beginning of next season.
Chelsea and Bundesliga side Leverkusen have been locked in tense negotiations all week and there is suggesting that an agreement is close but the German club sporting director Rudi Voller poured cold water on those claims as he explained there has been no movement.
‘There is nothing new in this regard, and we are still very relaxed about it,’ Voller told German outlet Sport Buzzer.
‘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.’
The Bundesliga side Leverkusen have slapped a £90million price tag on Kai Havertz at the start of the transfer window and the Blues are hoping to drive the price down and are putting together a package which includes a series of instalments and add-ons.
Rudi Voller acknowledges that the transfer market has been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic but he is refusing to lower his Havertz valuation.
‘In times of corona it may actually be that the transfer fees have decreased for many players,’ he added.
‘But corona or corona – this is not the case with exceptional players like Havertz or Jadon Sancho. There is no corona discount for them.’
And why does RudiVoller think Chelsea should pay such a substantial fee for the highly-rated 21-year-old?
‘What makes Kai Havertz so interesting is the fact that he embodies world class in four or five positions,’ he said.
Havertz, who can play on the wing or up front as well as in the No10 role, netted 18 goals and contributed nine assists during an eye-catching campaign.