Kai Havertz scored on what might be his last look for Bayer Leverkusen.
The German, who has been closely linked with a transfer to Chelsea, struck throughout Leverkusen’s Europa League quarter-final in opposition to Inter Milan.
Nevertheless, his highly effective strike past Samir Handanovic wasn’t sufficient for the Bundesliga aspect as they suffered a 2-1 defeat in Dusseldorf, with Nicolo Barella and Romelu Lukaku scoring for Antonio Conte’s aspect.
It’s a end result that might be celebrated by Chelsea followers, with Sky Sports activities journalist Kaveh Solhekol telling Sky Sports activities earlier on Monday that the trail will likely be clear for the Blues to signal the 21-year-old ‘as quickly as Bayer Leverkusen are knocked out of the Europa League’.
Solhekol informed Sky Sports activities: “It might be getting very, very shut as a result of – to begin with, let’s say that he needs to maneuver to Chelsea.
“We’ve mentioned that Jadon Sancho needs to maneuver from Borussia Dortmund. I believe Havertz needs to come back to the Premier League much more than Jadon Sancho does.
“He’s actually determined to signal for Chelsea, however the state of affairs is that Bayer Leverkusen are within the Europa League. They’re enjoying in opposition to Inter Milan tonight.
“In the event that they win the Europa League they get into the Champions League for subsequent season. That’s the reason he’s nonetheless enjoying for them.
“Now, he’ll depart as quickly as they’re knocked out of the Europa League. Clearly that might occur tonight in the event that they lose to Inter Milan, however once more worth is the issue.
“Dortmund need €120m for Sancho, Leverkusen need €100m for Havertz however I believe Leverkusen will likely be prepared to barter. I believe they are going to be simpler to barter with than Dortmund will likely be over Sancho.
“Rudi Voller, their sporting director, has come out previously few days and mentioned ‘He isn’t leaving until we get our valuation of €100m.’
“He’s gone on to explain Havertz as the best ever participant to play for Bayer Leverkusen, which is a little bit of a controversial assertion as a result of they’ve had some nice gamers previously like Michael Ballack, Toni Kroos, Bernd Schuster, however Rudi Voller is clearly a great salesman in addition to an awesome former Germany striker.
“He’s saying that they need €90m for Havertz, however I believe the essential factor, if you happen to’re a Chelsea fan, is that my info is that he actually, actually needs to maneuver to Stamford Bridge and to play for Frank Lampard.
“And I believe that deal may occur fairly quickly.”