Bayern Munich rule out signing Kai Havertz in summer

Bayern Munich is not going to make a big offer for Kai Havertz this summer.

Bayern Munich has shown intent to quickly wrap up their business in the summer transfer window. They have already acquired Tanguy Kouassi and Alexander Nubel on free transfers, while Leroy Sane completed a move to Bavaria from Manchester City on Thursday.

Completing these deals shows that Die Roten doesn’t want to mess around despite the impact of the pandemic on the market. Bayern fans were hoping to see a couple more transfers as the club has been heavily linked with Kai Havertz, and a right-back has also been on the agenda.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has poured cold water on the possibility of Havertz moving to Bavaria this summer. The German star is attracting a lot of interest from top European clubs. Die Roten has always been considered as the favourites to land him.

Havertz also reportedly prefers a move to Bavaria over other top clubs in Europe. Speaking to Sport1 on Friday, Rummenigge insisted that Die Roten cannot afford Havertz this summer, citing the impact of the pandemic on the finances of the club. He did admit that the club likes the player, but they would not be able to sign him this summer.

“I’ll be very clear, we won’t be able to transfer Havertz financially this year.”

“All of Football Europe and FC Bayern are currently facing major financial challenges as long as it is not possible to play in front of spectators again. You know the scale that Rudi Völler has in mind at Bayer Leverkusen.”

Rudi Voller, Bayer Leverkusen Sporting Director, also confirmed this week that the German club has an agreement with Havertz to leave this summer. However, Leverkusen will not give any discount on the player despite the impact of the pandemic as they reportedly want a fee close to €100 million.

Havertz has been one of the best players in the Bundesliga over the past couple of seasons. The German international could be molded into long term replacement of Thomas Muller. Die Roten might try to reach an agreement with Leverkusen for next summer if Havertz only wants to move to Bavaria. However, the lack of Champions League football at Leverkusen next season might not suit Havertz. It will be a big blow for Die Roten if Havertz ends up joining Chelsea. The English club is heavily linked with the young midfielder.

Thiago Alcantara can leave in summer

Rummenigge also addressed the situation of Thiago Alcantara. He confirmed that the Spanish midfielder wants a new adventure amidst reports suggesting Liverpool’s interest in the player. Rummenigge insisted that the club will allow him to leave instead of losing him on free next summer.

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Thiago’s departure will be a massive blow for Die Roten since he was an important player in the team for Hansi Flick. On the plus side, Thiago’s departure may free some cash for other transfer targets. The picture about Thiago’s future will be much clear in the next few weeks as players go on a mini-break before resuming the Champions League campaign in August.