Kai Havertz 360: The sight of Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen and the German striker | Football News



Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol said Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz wanted to move to Chelsea this summer.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol said Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz wanted to move to Chelsea this summer.

Chelsea are making progress in negotiations to sign Kai Havertz and all sides are hopeful that a deal can be reached. Here we look at the deal from three different points of view – Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, and the player and his representatives…

The view of … Chelsea

As is often the case, negotiations are delayed by disagreements over pricing and the payment structure. As for the player, personal conditions won’t be an issue for Chelsea – they rarely are for big clubs when it comes to big deals.

The Blues are offering a deal worth a total of £ 70million, while Leverkusen values ​​Havertz at £ 90million. Chelsea negotiations are handled as always by Marina Granovskaia, who effectively runs the club on behalf of owner Roman Abramovich.

Granovskaia is known as the “Iron Lady” in German media and she has a reputation for being a very tough negotiator who always protects the interests of her club.

Petr Cech also plays an important role in transfers after returning to Chelsea as technical and performance adviser last summer. After the behind-the-scenes issues with former managers such as Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, Cech now serves as a bridge between the people who run the club and the people who run the team.

Kai Havertz heat map for Bayer Leverkusen in the 2019/20 Champions League season

Kai Havertz heat map for Bayer Leverkusen in the 2019/20 Champions League season

Frank Lampard is close to Cech and he made it clear last season that he needs to make big changes to his squad. Chelsea have already backed him by signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and more players are on the way.

The departures of Willian and Pedro will mean Chelsea will have a new vision for the future next season. On paper, Havertz, Werner and Ziyech look like a world-class three front that could re-establish Chelsea as real title contenders.

Clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona also wanted to sign Havertz, but at the moment Chelsea are the only club that are in talks with Leverkusen. The impact of the pandemic on the club’s finances means Chelsea – thanks to Abramovich’s backing – can outbid rivals for the world’s best players this summer.

Chelsea and Leverkusen remain distant by around £ 20million on their assessment of Havertz and talks continue to try to close the gap. This is the only thing holding up the deal. You could argue that even if Chelsea pay the full asking price of £ 90million, they’ll get a good deal. Havertz is only 21 and if he continues to develop as he has been, he could be worth a lot more in the future.

Last season, a transfer ban meant Lampard had to give youth a chance and rely on the players he inherited for his first season as Chelsea manager. Now he has the chance to build his own camp in his own image, and Lampard wants the deal for Havertz to be done as soon as possible.

Kai Havertz has been playing first-team football for Leverkusen since the age of 17

Kai Havertz has been playing first-team football for Leverkusen since he was 17

The view from… Bayer Leverkusen

Rudi Voller was an exceptional striker and he also turns out to be a very good seller. The former German striker is the general manager of Leverkusen and he has done a good job talking about his club’s most valuable asset.

According to Voller, Havertz is Leverkusen’s best player, which is a pretty bold claim considering that Michael Ballack, Toni Kroos, Bernd Schuster and Voller himself have all played for the club.

To be fair to Leverkusen, they’ve always been consistent when it comes to Havertz. They know he only has two years left on his contract and they have made it clear they will let him go as long as they receive their £ 90million.

That’s a big figure for Leverkusen as it converts to € 100million – and that’s the price they set for all interested clubs. But failing to qualify for the Champions League will have a big impact on Leverkusen’s finances next season, which could give Chelsea a bit more leeway when it comes to negotiating the payout structure.

Kai Havertz's sonar for Bayer Leverkusen in the 2019/20 Champions League

Kai Havertz’s sonar for Bayer Leverkusen in the 2019/20 Champions League

Leverkusen has said there is no question of Chelsea getting a so-called ‘corona discount’ either. Prices may have fallen in the market due to the coronavirus pandemic, but Leverkusen is unwilling to factor this into negotiations, even though the bidding war they hoped for did not materialize.

So they’re trying to hold € 100m but realistically Chelsea know they’re the only serious bidders at the moment. A compromise deal could be considered whereby, with bonuses and add-ons, Leverkusen can claim to have gotten the asking price, while Chelsea will pay a lot less to start at least.

Ideally Leverkusen would like Havertz’s future to be settled before his players show up for pre-season training at the end of the month, but Sky Sports News has been told this is not a deadline set. in stone. Leverkusen would not be able to turn down big offers for Havertz if they came later in the window. They’ve agreed that Havertz will be leaving this summer, and now they want to make sure they get what they think he’s worth.

La vue de… Kai Havertz

Havertz himself wants to play for Lampard and Chelsea. He has always dreamed of playing in the Premier League and he wants his dream to come true as soon as possible.

A source told Sky Sports News that the player actually wanted to move to Chelsea even more than he wanted. When you consider he is currently Chelsea’s number one target, it shows how much he wants to play at Stamford Bridge.

He will become one of Chelsea’s highest paid players if the move goes through and he feels he has the character and ability to make his mark in English football.

There was never any question of Havertz waving for a move earlier this summer, not even in June when he saw his German team-mate Timo Werner sign for Chelsea in a £ 53million contract. Havertz knew how much the Europa League meant for Leverkusen as they could have qualified for the Champions League if they had won it.

After they were knocked out of the competition by Inter Milan earlier this month, his thoughts returned to Chelsea. After 10 years in Leverkusen, it’s time for a fresh start.

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