Kai Havertz will not leave Bayer Leverkusen before their Europa League journey comes to an end next month, insists club director Rudi Voller.
The 21-year-old is now Chelsea’s top target this summer following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with a £90m move reportedly in the pipeline.
However, with Leverkusen taking a 3-1 lead into their Europa League last-16 second-leg against Rangers on August 6, former German international Voller insists their prized asset will be available throughout their European run in August.
Kai Havertz will be available for the whole of Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League journey
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When asked whether Havertz would be availaable, Voller told German outlet Kicker: ‘It is set in stone. There is no new stance.’
In addition, Voller says Frank Lampard’s side will have to pay Havertz’s full value if they want to buy the German this summer.
‘There will be no “corona bonus,”‘ he said, before admitting: ‘No matter who the player is, this is a special transfer window.’
While Havertz’s valuation currently sits at around £90m, Chelsea are hopeful they can lower that asking price to around £70m in the coming weeks.
Havertz himself, meanwhile, is said to be sold on Chelsea’s vision under Lampard, after having a chat with Antonio Rudiger and new-boy Werner, who has just completed his first training session with the Blues, according to football.london.
The 21-year-old is currently training with Leverkusen, ahead of that Rangers clash next Thursday.
The 21-year-old is believed to be sold on working under Chelsea manager Frank Lampard
While Chelsea qualified for next season’s Champions League at the weekend, Leverkusen missed out on qualifying for the Champions League via their Bundesliga position, finishing fifth.
But the Europa League does give them one last opportunity to reach Europe’s premier club competition next season.
Chelsea are also still in European competition but have to overcome a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in their Champions League last-16 second-leg on August 8