Chelsea told Kai Havertz transfer fee as Bayer Leverkusen play hardball

Chelsea have been told they need to stump up £90m or face missing out on Kai Havertz.

Bayer Leverkusen are in no rush to sell the playmaker, who has excelled in the Bundesliga and Europe this term.

And the German side are adamant they won't be bowled over easily by Chelsea.

The Evening Standard report Leverkusen have told the Blues that nothing less than £90m will lead to a transfer materialising in the coming weeks.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen clubs across Europe fall into financial difficulty, and the German outfit are no exception – meaning they will continue to play hardball for their prized asset.

Havertz is said to have spoken with Frank Lampard about a move, and is keen to join the Stamford Bridge club.

Back in June, however, Bayer boss Peter Bosz wasn't sure the player was so set on leaving the German outfit.

"I don’t feel that he is thinking too much about transferring," he said after the final game of the season.

"I certainly don’t have the impression that this will be his last game for the club. He is still under contract with us and I have to assume that he will be with us next season too.

"That will include the German Cup final next month and the next Europa League game against Rangers in August.

"Of course, that’s all dependent on nothing happening before then."

However, Bosz's assistant Marcel Daum has backed the player to reach the top.

He told talkSPORT: "If you see his movement, he’s very elegant, he’s always calm, he has great passing ability. What a lot of people don’t see, because we watch him every day, is that he’s pretty fast. That’s a big bonus.

"He’s a great player; he’s scoring goals, he’s great in the air and he’s pretty fast.

"It’s up to him how far he can go."

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