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Chelsea are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen about a £ 70 million deal to sign Kai Havertz.
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German sky reports that all other applicants for the German attackers are now out of the race to sign the 21-year-old.
Chelsea technical advisor Petr Cech will fly to Germany after the end of the Premier League season on Sunday for face-to-face talks.
Bayer Leverkusen is understood to value Havertz at £ 90 million but, with only two years left on his contract, Chelsea are looking to approve an initial fee of around £ 70 million, with additional related performance also included.
Havertz is understood to be interested in moving to Stamford Bridge, with players who are impressed by the side that Frank Lampard built.
Chelsea have finished signing the German team-mate Timo Werner and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech, who will join the squad which will close the gap on Premier League champions Liverpool next season.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also interested in Havertz, but are not in a position to meet the asking price, while Manchester United prioritizes their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Chelsea are on the verge of securing Champions League football for next season, with victory in one of their two remaining Premier League matches – against Liverpool and Wolves – enough to secure their place in Europe’s top competition.
The London club were unable to sign players last summer because they served a FIFA transfer ban for violating rules about signing young players, but seemed interested in making up for lost time during the upcoming window.
Havertz recently became the first Bundesliga player to reach 35 goals before reaching 21, involved with goals in eight of his last 12 appearances – scoring eight times with four assists.
He is likened to fellow Germans Mesut Ozil, Michael Ballack and Toni Kroos and is known in Germany as ‘alleskonner’ – someone who can do everything.
But is he worth the hype?
Frank Lampard is overhauling the Chelsea front line, with Timo Werner the latest addition to an increasingly attractive attack force in west London, after securing Ajax’s signature, Judge Ziyech.
With Willian, 31, who looks set to leave the club with Pedro who is bound by Roma at the end of their contract this summer, Lampard and Chelsea have moved quickly and decisively in the transfer market to refresh their choice in various attacking roles.