Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has confirmed Chelsea interest in signing highly-rated creative midfielder Kai Havertz but warned the Premier League giant that they will not lower their £90million asking price for German star.
The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after an impressive season in Bundesliga has seen him scored 17 goals and contributed nine assists in all competitions.
The German giants boss Peter Bosz has previously stated that the 21-year-old would not be sold for less than £90million before the coronavirus out break and club sporting director Rudi Voller said the club are determined to stick to their original value.
Asked if the club had already agreed to sell the 21-year-old, Voller told Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘No, but with his talent, it means he’s on the list of all the best clubs.
‘We know of the interest of a couple of clubs, especially Chelsea, but for us, the situation is quite simple; he has a two-year contract, if anyone wants him on our terms, fine, otherwise he stays here another year and we are happy.
‘It won’t be easy, but for an artist like him there is no Covid discount.’
Rudi Voller also insisted that no deal would take place before Leverkusen have completed their Europa League campaign with the Bundesliga side set to face Inter Milan in the quarter finals on Monday.
Kai Havertz would offer Chelsea versatility in attack with the youngster able to play a number of different positions.
‘For me, he’s the best I’ve seen at Leverkusen, and I’ve been here for a lifetime,’ Voller added.
‘We had Emerson, [Michael] Ballack, Ze Roberto, [Toni] Kroos, but he’s on top. He is very young, he can play five or six roles, he has been here for 10 years. When he was 17, I asked the first-team coach to let him train with the greats during the national team break.
‘After three days Roger Schmidt never made him return to the youth team. He has talent with the ball at his feet, he is a mix between Ballack and [Mesut] Ozil, but he takes the best bits from both of them.’
Frank Lampard has already splashed a combined total of £90million on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner and would need to break Chelsea’s transfer record to bring Havertz to London this summer.