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Kai Havertz: Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen apart on valuation; Ben Chilwell deal close – The Insider


In his latest column, Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol analyses the progress of Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell’s Chelsea moves, interest in West Ham’s Issa Diop, the state of play with Jadon Sancho, and whether Man City want Kalidou Koulibaly

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Bayer Leverkusen are refusing to give Chelsea a “corona discount” on Kai Havertz and are sticking to their €100m (£90m) asking price.

Havertz wants to move to Chelsea but he has an agreement with Leverkusen which means they will only let him go if their valuation is met.

Kai Havertz will move to Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen following the conclusion of the German club’s Europa League campaign, according to Kaveh Solhekol

Leverkusen are well within their rights to ask for £90m for a player who is widely regarded as being one of the best young forwards in the game, but he has only two years left on his contract and his price will drop if they do not sell him this summer.

The Bundesliga club don’t believe they are overvaluing Havertz even though asking prices in the transfer market are dropping because of the financial hit clubs are taking due to the coronavirus pandemic. Leverkusen chief executive Fernando Carro says they will let Havertz go for the right price because he has told them he wants a new challenge

The challenge for Chelsea is to structure a deal in a way which will be acceptable for Leverkusen.

Havertz is still only 20 and he will be worth even more than the £90m asking price in the future if he continues on his present upward trajectory.