Havertz opens door for move to Chelsea if Leverkusen agree to £70m transfer
Chelsea hope to take advantage of Kai Havertz’s desire to leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer, together with the fact that he only has two years remaining on his contract.
It emerged in Germany yesterday that Havertz will tell Leverkusen that he wants to move in the next transfer window, providing a huge boost for Chelsea.
Havertz is understood to be interested in joining his Germany international team-mates Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge.
Bayern Munich had been considering a move for Havertz next summer, while Real Madrid would need to sell a host of players to raise the funds to sign him. That places Chelsea at the front of the queue for the attacking midfielder, who is rated as a talent who could become one of the world’s best.
The biggest obstacle for Chelsea is the difference between their valuation, thought to be around £70million, and the £90million at which Leverkusen have priced Havertz.
With some of Chelsea’s biggest rivals in the race for Havertz unable to immediately find the finance, the Blues are hopeful they will not become embroiled in an auction.
And with Havertz seemingly making it clear he will not extend his contract, they will also be mindful that Leverkusen may not be able to afford to let it run towards its final 12 months. Chelsea will be helped by the fact they took another big step towards qualifying for next season’s Champions League with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Tuesday. They are now in third place with four games remaining. Qualifying for the Champions League would boost head coach Frank Lampard’s transfer budget by around £50 million. Despite that anticipated windfall, Lampard will need to raise funds if he is to complete all the incoming business that he wants to this summer. Other than Havertz, Lampard has prioritised signing a new left-back. Ben Chilwell remains his top target, but Chelsea are aware Leicester will hold out for a fee in the region of £70 million. Chelsea will also decide whether to make a move for a central defender and a goalkeeper, but both situations will probably depend on players leaving, with the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga likely to be key. Lampard has also not given up hope of Chelsea agreeing a new contract with Willian past the end of the current season.
In demand: Chelsea target Kai Havertz is being tracked by Bayern Munich and Real Madrid as well