Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has provided an update on the availability of Kai Havertz ahead of the Europa League clash against Rangers [Bayer Leverkusen EN Twitter].

Almost five months after the first leg of the Round of 16 tie took place at Ibrox, the two sides are set to face off behind closed doors at the BayArena on 6 August.

Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers will take place at the BayArena. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images)

The Gers face an uphill battle to progress following a 3-1 defeat first time around but a glimmer of hope is being offered in the form of speculation surrounding the opposition’s star man.

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Kai Havertz scored a penalty and strutted his stuff at Ibrox in March before taking things to another level in the Bundesliga following its resumption, scoring six times in his first six appearances.

Those performances have ramped up interest in his signature and Chelsea are reportedly currently the frontrunners, with negotiations said to be ongoing over a potential £70m deal [Sky Sports].

Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen

(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, Leverkusen returned to training on Thursday following a short break and Havertz was in attendance.

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The German club are allegedly willing to sell given that the 21-year-old only has two years remaining on his contract, but Bosz appears to be optimistic that any move won’t go through until after their European run.

“Kai Havertz will be there right at the start of the training session and I am confident that he will also be with us in the Europa League,” he said, as quoted by the Bayer Leverkusen EN Twitter.

 

Verdict

This is potentially one of the biggest transfers of the summer and it will be interesting to see how it plays out over the coming weeks.

Under normal circumstances, Chelsea would be looking to bring Havertz in as quickly as possible to allow him to settle in ahead of the new season, but with the 2020/21 Premier League campaign not set to begin until mid-September, there’s no major rush to get the deal done.

The timings are handy for Leverkusen and less so for the Gers, who will travel to Germany next month with the odds firmly against them.

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