Bayer Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes has said the Bundesliga side have no intention of lowering their asking price for attacking midfielder Kai Havertz.
The German club have reportedly slapped a €100m (£90m) valuation on the player, but it has been assumed that they would have to lower their demands due to the current financial climate.
However, Rolfes feels that players like Havertz and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho will hold their value as they have massive potential:
“You have to differentiate. With many normal players, things will change and clubs will also act differently but these are two exceptional players who are very rare and therefore have value. That is why we see the situation very relaxed there.”
Rolfes also went on to confirm recent press reports they have not received an official offer from Chelsea or any other club for Havertz.
From Leverkusen’s point of view, it looks like they are prepared to wait until the transfer deadline on October 5th. This could be a long, drawn-out saga if the Blues are unwilling to match the asking price.
However, it must be pointed out that Leverkusen are not the wealthiest of clubs, especially after missing out on the Champions League, so we will have to see if they are bluffing.