Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller insisted that Chelsea will have to pay the club’s full asking price for Kai Havertz.
The negotiation game between the Blues and the Bundesliga side seems to be going public now.
An earlier report from the Telegraph previously claimed that Chelsea have begun talks with Leverkusen over a transfer fee to bring the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
Another report from Goal said Chelsea are looking for a fee in the region of £70m, which is lower than Leverkusen’s demand of £90m for their top scorer this season.
But in an interview yesterday, Leverkusen director Voller made it clear that there would be no ‘discount’ despite the current transfer climate.
He told German outlet Kicker: “There is no corona bonus.
“Regardless of the personnel, Kai Havertz, it is a different transfer period.
“There is no new stance.”
Chelsea might also have to wait a bit longer before they can complete the deal since Voller stressed that Havertz will play in Leverkusen’s remaining Europa League matches.
“It is set in stone,” the former striker said about Havertz’s inclusion for August’s returning competition.
Leverkusen will play Rangers for their round of 16 second leg clash, and they might need Havertz until August 21 if they reach the final.
This could be a problem for Chelsea who might want to prepare for the new season with all new signings (if they sign Havertz), since the Premier League will start again on September 12.