Chelsea must qualify for next season’s Champions League if they want to sign Kai Havertz, according to a German football expert.
The playmaker has told Bayer Leverkusen he wants to leave the club, and Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to sign the 21-year-old this summer.
But Christian Falk, SportBild’s head of football, claims Havertz wants to leave the Bundesliga club because they failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Update @kaihavertz29 & @ChelseaFC: Havertz wants to leave @bayer04fussball already this summer because the club has not qualified for Champions League. Because of that it would be important for @ChelseaFC to qualify for Champions League to convince him
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) July 12, 2020
This would suggest he will seek a move to a club playing in the Champions League next season, and that is very much in doubt for Chelsea, but despite this the Blues are 1/3 to finish in the top four according to many bookies displayed at Online-Bookies.org.uk.
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If Leicester City beat Bournemouth on Sunday and Manchester United win against Southampton on Monday, Chelsea would drop out of the top-four.
The club will also have an eye on whether Manchester City will escape their two-year European ban, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport is set to deliver their verdict on Monday.