Chelsea are speeding up negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen for highly-rated midfielder Kai Havertz after secured spot for next season’s Champions League.
The Blues has been heavily linked with a move for German star for some time, after already having a busy transfer window with the signings of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping to strengthen his attacking options from more with the 21-year-old and their fourth placed finish in the Premier League will help them secure his signature, according to Bild.
Leverkusen, who finished fifth in the Bundesliga, are asking for a whopping £90million for the German star, who is currently contracted to the club until 2022.
However, the German outfit will not force Kai Havertz to stay for their remaining Europa League matches during August – having only qualified for the Europa League next season as well.
Frank Lampard & co. are looking to spend some serious cash this summer – whilst most other clubs will be operating on a limited budget due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
After being dropped on the final day of the season in Chelsea’s crunch match with Wolverhampton, there are further links with Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, leaving the Blues to return back to Spain.
The Stamford Bridge outfit have entered the race for Atletico Madrid stopper Jan Oblak following Kepa Arrizabalaga underwhelmed season in Premier League.
However, if Frank Lampard wishes to sign Oblak – who many regard to be the best keeper in the world – they will have to dig deep in their pockets with the LaLiga club demanding £109million for the Slovenian.
Frank Lampard has already confirmed that he will be losing long-time servant to the club, Pedro, after the season finale and there remains speculation regarding Willian’s future at Stamford Bridge.
Official talks started between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen for Havertz.
Chelsea want to complete the deal soon but would pay €80m fee only including add ons. Talks on to find an agreement. Personal terms agreed weeks ago. Kai is waiting. 🔵 #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2020