Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voller has admits the club only have small hope of keeping playmaker Kia Havertz beyond this summer.
The 20-year-old creative midfielder has enjoyed a superb campaign with German giants, banged in 17 goals last season for Bayer, already storming to 15 with eight assists in 26 games this term.
His brilliant performances have attracted interest from top clubs across the Europe especially English Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United.
Havertz is likely to command a hefty fee which may prove a stumbling block, but the Leverkusen hierarchy are somewhat resigned to losing their star player.
‘I’m honest, I always have such a small hope that we can and will keep him here for another year,’ Voller, a German World Cup winner, told SkySports.
‘It doesn’t change the fact that he’s already a world-class player anyway, that’s what he was before. Now the attention is even more on him.
‘He will switch to an absolute world-class club at some point.’
Chelsea have been linked with the star for a number of windows, and with Willian and Pedro set to leave in the coming window, they’ll be keen to bolster their attacking options.
The Blues have already secured the sign of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax but Frank Lampard is desperate to add more talented attacker his current squad ahead of next campaign.
United, meanwhile, reportedly planning to open the bidding with Leverkusen at £50million but are likely to face competition from Chelsea, who could be set for a big summer spend up under Roman Abramovich looking to take advantage of the financial uncertainties post coronavirus.