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Leverkusen chief warns Chelsea over Havertz deal

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Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller has issued a warning to Chelsea over the proposed summer deal for Kai Havertz.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard sees Havertz as the final piece of his attacking jigsaw and is desperate to secure his signature by the end of the summer.

Indeed, the Blues are leading the chase for the 21-year-old forward, and there’s a genuine feeling the deal will take place as soon as Leverkusen’s Europa League campaign is over.

Although many expect Havertz to follow in the footsteps of Timo Werner, who swapped the Bundesliga for Chelsea earlier this summer, Rudi Voller insists the Premier League side will have to match Leverkusen’s demands.

‘Die Werkself’ have slapped a staggering £90million over their jewel’s head and are determined to stick to their guns despite the financial collapse caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are believed to be looking to close things out for Havertz for around £20million less of Bayer’s valuation of their prized asset.

However, Voller is adamant the Germany international will not be allowed to leave unless the club’s demands are met.

“We know there are few clubs interested in Havertz, especially Chelsea are strongly interested,” he said, as relayed by the Express Sport.

“We know that Chelsea are strongly interested in him.

“But we’ll not sell any player before the end of the Europa League.

“If Chelsea want to sign Kai, they must pay what we ask. No lower price because of Covid-19.”

Leverkusen comfortably overcame Rangers in the Europa League round of 16 to secure a place in the competition’s quarter-finals.

But, the Bundesliga outfit face a formidable challenge of Inter Milan on Monday.