Havertz opens door for move to Chelsea if Lev­erkusen agree to £70m trans­fer

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Matt Law

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

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