The two biggest transfers of this summer are likely to be players moving to the Premier League from the Bundesliga: Jadon Sancho wants to leave Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United and Kai Havertz wants to swap Bayer Leverkusen for Chelsea.
Both players will get their wish as long as United and Chelsea pay the asking prices. Dortmund want €120m (£108m) for Sancho and Leverkusen want €100m (£90m) for Havertz.
Borussia Dortmund will be playing Champions League football next season but that’s not enough to convince Sancho that he should stay.
He wants to move to United and United may never be in a stronger position to sign him. The coronavirus pandemic means that the other big clubs who wanted to sign Sancho are simply not in a position to make a move for him in the current economic climate.
United have let it be known that they are not willing to pay the £108m asking price which has bemused Dortmund because they have not been told what United are willing to pay.
As one agent put it, you don’t buy a house by telling the owner what you’re not going to pay.
Dortmund are flying to their preseason training camp on Monday and they are expecting Sancho to be there. They wanted Sancho’s future sorted out by today, but there has so far been no bid from United.
It’s a different story for what concerns Bayer Leverkusen and Kai Havertz. Of the two players, he is the one who is most keen to move as soon as possible. He has been agitating behind the scenes for a move to Chelsea and Leverkusen are prepared to let him go as soon as they finish their Europa League campaign.
Chelsea are prepared to spend big this summer but that doesn’t mean they will pay the £90m asking price. Leverkusen are talking tough in public with their sporting director claiming that Havertz will stay unless their valuation is met.
That is a standard tactic in these kind of situations. After all, you would hardly expect Rudi Voller to come out and say they are prepared to negotiate and give Chelsea a good deal.
Voller was a great striker and he’s a pretty good salesman as well. Despite the fact that the likes of Michael Ballack, Toni Kroos and Bernd Schuster have played for Leverkusen, Voller says Havertz is the club’s greatest ever player.
If Chelsea want Havertz as much as he wants them then the deal will be done after Leverkusen’s interest in the Europa League ends. That could happen on Monday if they lose to Inter Milan.
Havertz has only two years left on his contract so this is the perfect time for Leverkusen to cash in especially because they won’t be in the Champions League next season unless they qualify by winning the Europa League.