Chelsea continue to pursue a move for £90m superstar Kai Havertz.
However, there appears to be a hold-up in the deal as Bayer Leverkusen try to identify a suitable replacement in attack.
Many believed the Havertz deal would be over the line by now, after Frank Lampard reached out to the player over the phone earlier in the summer.
But journalist Jan-Aage Fjortoft has addressed the transfer situation, explaining why the playmaker still isn't a Blues star.
"Seems like the main – reason for the delay of a public confirmation of the deal, is that Leverkusen would have liked to be further in replacing him," Fjortoft tweeted.
"It’s strategy. After a big Havertz fee any replacement will be more expensive.
"That’s the name of the game."
Havertz has reportedly told Chelsea he is willing to join, with the two clubs involved close to agreeing a fee.
The west London outfit have spent big this summer, already bringing in Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell already.
But Chelsea have been made to pay the full whack for Havertz, with Bayer chief Rudi Voller explaining there is no Covid-19 discount for Lampard's men.
Voller told Sport Buzzer when asked for an update on a long-running transfer saga: "There is nothing new in this regard, and we are still very relaxed about it.
"Of course, we would be very happy if he stayed for another year. It is clear that the departure of such a player, despite the high transfer fee, always means a loss – see Leipzig and [Timo] Werner.
"In times of corona, it may actually be that the transfer fees have decreased for many players.
"But corona or no corona, this is not the case with exceptional players like Havertz or Jadon Sancho. There is no corona discount for them.
"What makes Kai Havertz so interesting is the fact that he embodies world-class in four or five positions."
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