Chelsea have been handed a significant boost in the hunt to land highly-rated midfielder Kai Havertz as Leverkusen opened the door to the German star departure this summer.
The Blues have placed the 21-year-old at top of their wishlist following the arrival of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner but a swoop was delayed due to Leverkusen’s Europa League involvement.
However, the Bundesliga side’s exit from the quarter-finals stage means that Frank Lampard’s side can now progress with a move and they’ve been handed a timely boost.
And according to Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro has openly admitted that Havertz, 21, has expressed a desire to complete a move away from the club in the summer transfer window.
The Bundesliga club chairman did not directly mention Chelsea and stated that there are ‘several clubs’ who wish to include Havertz in their future plans, but Chelsea are understood leading candidates for his services.
‘It was always clear that there would be talks as soon as the Europa League ended for us.
‘Kai has expressed a wish to take the next step. Whether this will work in the near future or not, I can’t say at the moment.
‘There are several clubs that Kai Havertz would like to include in their future plans,’ he told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger.
Leverkusen, meanwhile, standing firm on their high demands for the highly-rated creative midfielder, with the report stated that they are demanding at least £90million for the 21-year-old.
But according to The ESPN, claims Chelsea were still hoping to negotiate and reach an agreement for a fee in the region of £70million rather than the £90million Leverkusen demanded.
Havertz, who turning 21 two months ago, has already featured 150 times for Leverkusen, scoring an astonishing 46 goals and registering 31 assists.