Bayer Leverkusen are adamant that Chelsea cannot expect a coronavirus discount on Kai Havertz’s transfer fee.
The Germany playmaker is reported to be close to a £70million move to the Premier League this summer, where he would join up with his compatriot Timo Werner at Stamford Bridge.
Havertz has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season and is believed to be keen on a move to west London.
Leverkusen have stated that the 21-year-old will remain with them at least until the end of the tournament, though the Germans face a tough quarter-final against Inter Milan on Monday.
And sporting director Rudi Voller Voller has now confirmed the Blues will have to fork out a club-record fee to lure Havertz away from the BayArena.
Asked if Leverkusen have already agreed to sell Havertz, he 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.”
Voller also insisted that Havertz will be staying put until Leverkusen’s Europa League journey draws to a close, with a quarter-final meeting against Inter up next on Monday.
“Of course he will play [in the Europa League quarter-final], also because he wants to,” he said. “I am a bit old-fashioned: for me a season is over when it all ends.
“Nobody leaves first. Now, with Covid-19, there have been transfers before the end of the season, but not from us.”
Havertz has been considered as one of the best young talents in Germany and talkSPORT’s Ally McCoist believes he has similarities to Bayern Munich and Chelsea legend Michael Ballack.
“I’ve seen him play because obviously Rangers drew them in the UEFA Cup and he looks a bit special,” the Scot said.
“He doesn’t play and look unlike a young Michael Ballack believe it or not. He’s got that.
“They’re comparing him [to Ballack], which is a little bit unfair, but at the same time he’s got that look about him.
“He’s an attacking midfielder, who’s very, very good.”