Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a staggering £180million deal to sign highly-rated creative midfielder Kai Havertz that would see him become the most-expensive German footballer ever.
The Blues have been trying to complete a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen talisman throughout the summer and Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is working hard to get it over the line.
And according to The German outlet BILD report on Wednesday night that it will coat Chelsea a whopping €200million (£180m) in total to complete a deal for the highly-rated 21-year-old attacking midfielder.
That includes his contract, believed to be worth a total of €100m (£90) over the course of five-year, as well as the €100m (£90m) transfer fee that Bayer Leverkusen are holding out for.
But Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is hoping to get a deal done for a total fee of €80m (£71.5m) with €20m (£18m) in add-ons included.
However, Bayer Leverkusen are willing to hold out for a premium because Kai Havertz is contracted until 2022 and has no buy-out clause.
But there is a risk the Germans side could lose one of very few buyers for their prized asset with BILD reported that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all pulled out of talks after their budgets were slashed by the coronavirus pandemic.
They also report that Kai Havertz has told his current club not to drag out the negotiations because wants to get down to work with the Premier League side as soon as possible.
It emerged on Tuesday that the Bundesliga side have given Chelsea deadline of August 28 to complete their move for the highly-rated German international.
Journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft broken the news on Twitter, “Leverkusen have given the Blues a stiff cut-off point to get a deal done, like Borussia Dortmund gave Manchester United with Jadon Sancho.”
The Germans are due to begin their pre-season training on August 28, and want to make sure any deal is done before then so they can finalise plans for the upcoming campaign.
Havertz has been widely regarded as one of the top young players in Europe having scored 38 goals in his last 87 matches in all competitions for the German side.
Chelsea have already sealed deals for attacking duo Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech this summer,while Lampard also wants a left back and centre back before 2020-21 campaign begins on September 12.