Liverpool and Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, which Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitting the German club won’t be buying him this summer.
Both of the Premier League giants have been linked with a move for the exceptional German talent in recent months.
Back in June, The Express claimed that the Reds has already held exploratory talks about landing Havertz, while it was also noted that Chelsea were keen on bringing Havertz to Stamford Bridge too.
And Rumminigge, who is CEO at Bayern, has admitted in an interview with Bild that his club cannot afford the 21-year-old this summer.
“I’ll be very clear: Financially speaking, we won’t be able to transfer Havertz this year.
“All of European football, Bayern included, are currently facing major financial challenges for as long as it is not possible to play in front of spectators again.”
After signing Leroy Sane this past week, it would appear that Bayern have spent the majority of their summer budget.
That, of course, leaves the door potentially open for Liverpool and Chelsea to make their move for Havertz.
But, with Chelsea already landing a number of new players and Liverpool pulling out of a deal for Timo Werner, it could well be that Havertz remains in Leverkusen this summer.
Time to strike for Liverpool, otherwise Bayern will eventually move – TBR View
We see it so many times in Germany, where Bayern take the best players from the clubs in the Bundesliga.
However, with the Munich giants dropping out of the race, then surely the time is now for Liverpool and Chelsea to make their move for one of Europe’s best talents?
German legend, Matthias Sammer, has described Havertz as world-class and ‘something special’.
It’s clear, then, that the 21-year-old is going to go on to big things. Liverpool, especially, should move while the iron is hot.