Chelsea’s hand in negotiating with Bayer Leverkusen for the transfer of Kai Havertz will be strengthened by Manchester United taking a firm approach with Borussia Dortmund over their deal for Jadon Sancho.
The Premier League clubs are trying to capture two of the Bundesliga’s brightest talents and are encountering similar problems.
United last night briefed the media that talks with Dortmund are on the verge of breaking down because of the German club’s stubborn demands.
Lucien Favre’s side have slapped a £108million price tag on the England international and will not accept a penny less.
United were thought to be playing the long-game but have since threatened to pull out of talks altogether.
A similar scenario is happening with Chelsea as they value Havertz at £70m – which is £20 less than his price tag.
Leverkusen chiefs have continuously spoken about how their stance is “firm” and they will not offer any “corona discount”.
They will no doubt be looking at how Dortmund are handling United’s approach as they want to dominate their situation.
But United hitting back with major threats could cause fear at the BayArena as they will not want Chelsea to leave the table.
Havertz has made it clear to club bosses that he wants to leave and if the deal falls through they will have a seriously disgruntled star on their hands.
Many other European clubs have been interested in the 21-year-old but they do not have the finances to fund a transfer this summer.
Leverkusen missed out on Champions League football next year which was the final factor in Havertz deciding his future lies elsewhere.
Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is known as a seriously tough negotiator and she is conducting the talks with Leverkusen.
The 45-year-old, who is owner Roman Abramovich’s most trusted aid, can point to United’s response and use it as a scare tactic.
Leverkusen will not be able to command the same fee if Havertz leaves next year as the Germany international will be in the final 12 months of his contract.
For Chelsea a reduced price could also bring with it an increase in competition for the versatile attacker’s signature.
But Granovskaia will try to get the deal over the line this summer to void any unnecessary complications.