Bayer Leverkusen have, for the first time, publicly acknowledged Chelsea’s interest in their wonderboy, Kai Havertz, but have also reiterated their now-obvious intentions to keep hold of the 21-year-old until the end of their Europa League campaign, whenever that may be.

“Havertz? We know that Chelsea are strongly interested in him... but we’ll not sell any player before the end of the Europa League.

“If Chelsea want to sign Kai, they must pay what we ask. No lower price because of Covid.”