Bayer Leverkusen are gearing up for their final Bundesliga match of the season this weekend and much more than just the three points could be determined by the outcome.
Fifth-placed Leverkusen need a win at home to Mainz on Saturday to have any hope of finishing in the Champions League places.
Coupled with that, Peter Bosz’s side need Hertha Berlin to pull off an upset away to fourth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
Finishing in the top four for a second year in a row will only boost Leverkusen’s pull in the transfer market.
It will also enable them the additional finances to keep other clubs away from their top stars.
Chelsea are weighing up a move for Kai Havertz but have been quoted £90million the Bundesliga side.
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Frank Lampard yesterday confirmed that no bid has yet been made but negotiations would be made easier if Leverkusen miss out on the top four.
Havertz has already made it known to club bosses that he wants to further his career by moving on at some point over the coming years.
Playing in Europe’s top competition next year will certainly help Leverkusen keep hold of the versatile midfielder until his price tag has been met.
However, failure to beat Mainz this weekend will weaken their hand. Monchengladbach topping Hertha could also be damning.
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Leverkusen chief Fernando Carro has recently admitted it may be difficult to keep hold of Havertz beyond this summer.
“I see the player’s wish to take the next step sometime in the near future,” he said. “You have to respect that as much as the fact that he has a contract in until 2022.
“Kai has been with us for ten years, he is a player who is fully integrated and devoted to the club, but he wants to take a big step.
“All the great clubs in Europe are after him and for us, in the end, what the player wants is what is important.
“We would of course like him to keep playing here. He is a very disciplined person with an old head on young shoulders.
“We are open to see what will happen in the future, nobody knows.”
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