The Kai Havertz saga has taken a weird turn in the last 24 hours, with SportBild claiming that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has been conducting some sort of covert operation on Bayer Leverkusen executives Rudi Völler and Fernando Carro to learn (personal) “weaknesses” that could be exploited in negotiations.

Sounds like someone’s been watching too many movies and reading a few too many John Grisham books maybe? Then again, some might just call that “doing your homework”. One must know their opponent in any battle, be that on the pitch or in the boardroom.