Report: Roman Abramovich personally contacts Kai Havertz to make £90m transfer pitch

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has personally contacted Kai Havertz in order to convincing the Bayer Leverkusen playmaker to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 21-year-old has been attracted interest from a host of top clubs across the Europe including Bayern Munich and Manchester United, but the Blues have reportedly leading the race to sign the German star.

Chelsea are attempting to get their summer transfer business done early in order to focus on next campaign. Playmaker Hakim Ziyech has already been acquired from Ajax for an initial £35.8million fee while RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has agreed a five-year contract worth £180,000 a week earlier this month after meeting his £53m release clause.

Chelsea are looking to further strengthen Frank Lampard’s attacking options with both Willian and Pedro expected to leave the Stamford Bridge this summer and have set their sights on Kai Havertz.

The Leverkusen star awarded Bundesliga player of the month after impressive performances last month, netted five goals in four appearances.

Real Madrid and Barcelona also interested while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is an admirer but the potential price tag is likely to put off Anfield chiefs.

And according to The Sport Buzzer, Abramovich is eager to bring Havertz to Stamford Bridge and got in touch with the 21-year-old to pitch the transfer to him.

It is claimed the Russian billionaire is ready to pay Leverkusen’s €100m (£90m) asking price but would aim to recoup the sum by selling N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.

Abramovich’s intervention is unlikely to do the trick, however, with Havertz reportedly favouring a move to La Liga.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro admits the club will have to respect Havertz’s wishes with the 21-year-old set to departs from German club this summer.

‘Many clubs are interested in him,’ he said.

‘I see the player’s wish to take the next step sometime in the near future.

‘You have to respect that as much as the fact that he has a contract in until 2022.’

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