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Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol gives the lowdown from all angles on Havertz’s prospective move to Chelsea
Last Updated: 20/08/20 6:08pm
Chelsea are making progress in talks to sign Kai Havertz and all parties are hopeful a deal can be agreed. Here, we look at the deal from the three different points of view – Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen, and the player and his representatives…
The view from… Chelsea
As is so often the case, negotiations are being held up by disagreements over price and payment structure. When it comes to the player, personal terms will not be a problem for Chelsea – they rarely are for big clubs when it comes to big deals.
The Blues are offering a deal worth a total of £70m, whereas Leverkusen value Havertz at £90m. Chelsea’s negotiations are being handled as always by Marina Granovskaia, who effectively runs the club on behalf of the owner Roman Abramovich.
Granovskaia is known as the “Iron Lady” in the German media and she has a reputation there as a very tough negotiator who always protects the interests of her club.
Petr Cech also now plays a big role in transfers having returned to Chelsea as the technical and performance adviser last summer. After the problems behind the scenes with previous managers such as Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri, Cech now acts as a bridge between the people who run the club and the people who run the team.