Leverkusen boss ‘no longer expecting’ Chelsea-linked Havertz to train with club

Chelsea appear to have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Kai Havertz, after Bayer Leverkusen’s manager all but confirmed on Monday that the German is set to leave the club.

Chelsea targeting Havertz

Chelsea’s interest in German international Havertz has been well documented for some time now.

The Blues’ links to Havertz began to emerge back in early July.

Such rumours, in turn, gained momentum in August, with it claimed that the Londoners had taken a big step forward in their pursuit of the German.

It was added that personal terms had been agreed on a five-year deal for Havertz, who scored 12 and assisted six in 30 Bundesliga outings this past season, to join Chelsea.

The one stumbling block in a transfer actually coming to fruition, however, came in the form of an agreement on the appropriate fee, with it claimed at the time that the two clubs were around €20m apart in their respective valuations.

The reliable Fabrizio Romano then reported last week that Havertz’s move to Chelsea was just ‘one step away’ from completion, with a total agreement expected to be reached in the coming hours.

Romano also claimed that Chelsea’s latest bid, which totalled €100 million, would be accepted.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 12: Kai Havertz of Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg match between Rangers FC and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Ibrox Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Leverkusen boss all but confirms Havertz’s exit

Bayer Leverkusen managing director, Rudi Voller, however, was quick to shut down such claims, labelling them ‘nonsense’.

But as outlined above, there does appear to have been at least some truth to the recent reports regarding Havertz’s Chelsea switch inching closer to completion.

Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz all but confirmed the imminent departure of his side’s star man, revealing that he does not expect either Havertz or Kevin Volland to train with the club again:

“Unfortunately, our squad has not yet been determined. I no longer expect that Volland and Havertz will train with us again. It is possible that other players will also switch. We definitely have to bring players in too.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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