Kai Havertz is not close to joining Chelsea this summer, and just about every club in Europe wants him.
German football expert Rafa Honigstein has scoffed at claims that Frank Lampard’s men are ‘leading the race’ for the highly-rated Havertz.
Honigstein suggests that Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have all shown interest in Havertz, but Bayer Leverkusen are in no rush to sell.
Honigstein however, claims that talk is wide of the mark. Writing in The Athletic he relays a Chelsea source who insists “the Premier League club, Leverkusen and Havertz are currently ‘miles apart’ in terms of striking a potential deal”.
The pundit does admit that Chelsea are keen on landing the Germany international and have renewed their interest in the midfielder.
There's a lot of baseless speculation about Kai Havertz doing the rounds at the moment. The truth is that nothing is decided and nothing will be decided any time soon. Here's a reminder why everybody wants him. https://t.co/YiiYSQYAcW
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) July 14, 2020
“Reports that Chelsea have shown a renewed interest are accurate. Due to the sheer number of potential takers and Bayer’s intransigence, it would be wrong to suggest that Chelsea are somehow in the lead of this race, however,” says Honigstein.
And that tallies with the information from another German transfer expert Christian Falk of Bild.
He reports that Real Madrid are currently trying to negotiate a player-swap deal with Leverkusen for Havertz.
“Leverkusen is a question of money,” Falk told the Football Ranks podcast. “Bayern Munich won’t pay it. Barca won’t pay it. Real Madrid are trying to do a swap deal at the minute.
“But if one of the English clubs is going to pay it then good.”
Bayer Leverkusen have promised that, should a club meet Havertz’s valuation, he can leave.
“There is nothing specific, nothing to report. As of now, he is our player,” the club’s sporting director Rudi Voller told Bild (via Goal).
“”We have our ideas, we know what he can do. I personally hope that he stays one more year.
“We have an agreement: if it works, he can go this summer.”