Leverkusen director responds to reports saying Chelsea are close to signing Havertz

Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller has played down the rumours claiming they are close to an agreement with Chelsea over the transfer fee for Kai Havertz.

Recent reports from several media outlets from the UK and Germany – Sky Sports, the Guardian, Bild – all claim that Leverkusen will accept Chelsea’s latest offer for the 21-year-old.

The reports said Chelsea have tabled an offer worth up to €100million (£90m) with an €80m (£72m) initial fee and a €10+10m (£9+9m) in add-ons for certain criteria including performance in the Champions League and domestic competitions.

However, Leverkusen director Voller was quick to respond to the reports.

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He told German outlet Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger: “This is nonsense.”

Simple and straight to the point, although even when you look at it from a neutral standpoint, it is still a bit weird.

In total, the reported fee would meet Leverkusen’s €100m asking price based on what their head coach Peter Bosz told Algemeen Dagblad back in March.

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A report from Goal mentioned that Leverkusen want the money up front but, considering Havertz only has two years left on his contract and Leverkusen chief executive admitted that the Germany international has expressed his desire to leave (Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger), Leverkusen are not exactly in a very strong negotiating position.

Voller previously said there would be no “coronavirus discount” referring to the price drop trend in current transfer climate, which is fair, but it’s not the case with Chelsea’s reported offer.

We will have to wait and see how the transfer saga ends.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.