BAYERN MUNICH chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has given Chelsea a huge transfer boost by ruling his club out of the running for Kai Havertz.
Bayern have just splashed £55million on Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.
And Rummenigge claims the Bundesliga champions can’t afford to finance a deal for 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz as a result.
He told Sport1: “I say very clearly, financially a transfer for Havertz will not be possible this year.
“It’s my wish for (Bayer chief) Rudi Voller that he stays one more year in Leverkusen.”
The revelation will be music to Chelsea’s ears as they look to further strengthen their attack this summer.
Frank Lampard has already completed deals for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.
And the signs look good for Havertz to join the party after teammate Wendell revealed the youngster has his heart set on a Premier League switch.
Leverkusen have also missed out on Champions League football next season, leading to boss Peter Bosz acknowledging Havertz is likely to leave.
And sporting director Voller recently admitted an agreement is in place to sell Havertz should the right offer arrive.
He told Bild: “We have an agreement – if it fits, he can go this summer.
“As of now, he is a player of ours. We have our ideas, we know what he can do.
“I personally hope that he stays one more year. Of course, you can’t force anyone.
“Havertz knows what he owes to his colleagues, the fans and club.”