Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller insisted on keeping Chelsea target Kai Havertz for another year as he made a comparison with Timo Werner’s case.
The Blues have reportedly been in talks with Leverkusen to bring the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge in the past few weeks.
However, there is no agreement between the two clubs over a transfer fee, according to Leverkusen director Voller.
He even expressed his desire to keep Havertz beyond summer and argued that big transfer fee is not worth losing their best player over, using RB Leipzig and Werner as an example.
He told Sport Buzzer: “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 Werner.”
From Leverkusen’s perspective, losing Havertz could indeed be quite problematic.
As Voller pointed out, Werner’s Chelsea transfer likely had an impact on Leipzig’s Champions League semifinal defeat against Paris Saint-Germain and they could have a problem replacing the 24-year-old’s 34 goals next season.
Similar to Werner, Havertz ended this season as Leverkusen’s top scorer with 18 goals in competitions, along with eight assists.
But unlike Leipzig who secured a Champions League spot, Leverkusen finished in fifth place.
Without Champions League football, they would likely have a difficult time to lure a player of Havertz’s calibre as a replacement despite the potential money they would earn from the sale.
“What makes Kai Havertz so interesting is the fact that he embodies world-class in four or five positions,” Voller added.”
The thing is, last week Leverkusen chief Fernando Carro executive admitted that Havertz has expressed his desire to leave to the club as he mentioned Chelsea’s interest.
The Germany international has two years left in his contract and they would not have a strong negotiating position they have now next summer with just one year left in Havertz’s contract.