Chelsea deals to take spree over £220m

► Havertz poised for med­i­cal as £90m trans­fer edges closer ► Lam­pard back­ing Chilwell and Silva to add de­fen­sive steel

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By John Percy

Chelsea are poised to take their spend­ing to more than £220mil­lion this year by com­plet­ing a triple swoop for Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Thi­ago Silva.

Frank Lam­pard is be­ing backed with sig­nif­i­cant funds by the Chelsea hi­er­ar­chy and is inch­ing closer to a club record £90mil­lion deal for Havertz, the Bayer Lev­erkusen at­tack­ing mid­fielder.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Bun­desliga club have been con­tin­u­ing for weeks but there is a sense that talks are reach­ing a con­clu­sion, with Havertz ex­pected to un­dergo a med­i­cal this week. A deal for the Ger­many in­ter­na­tional will eclipse the £71mil­lion Chelsea paid to sign goal­keeper Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga from Ath­letic Bil­bao in Au­gust 2018.

Chilwell, the Eng­land and Le­ices­ter City de­fender, is sched­uled to have a med­i­cal in the next 48 hours as Lam­pard closes in on a deal for his No 1 tar­get at left-back.

The 23-year-old will cost up to £50 mil­lion and Chelsea re­main con­fi­dent of com­plet­ing the trans­fer de­spite issues with a heel in­jury that forced Chilwell to miss the run-in of Le­ices­ter’s sea­son.

Chilwell’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Le­ices­ter started at the age of 12, when he joined their acad­emy, but it is un­der­stood he is keen on the move and wants to pur­sue his am­bi­tion of play­ing reg­u­larly in Europe’s elite com­pe­ti­tion.

Days af­ter play­ing for Paris StGer­main in their de­feat by Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, Silva is ex­pected to move to Stam­ford Bridge on a free trans­fer with his con­tract ex­pir­ing.

The 35-year-old Brazil in­ter­na­tional will sign an ini­tial 12-month deal with Chelsea, with Lam­pard de­ter­mined to add ex­pe­ri­ence to

his de­fence as he pre­pares for his sec­ond sea­son in charge.

Af­ter the de­feat by Bay­ern Mu­nich in Lis­bon on Sun­day, Thi­ago said: “It was my last game in Paris. I am sad. I apol­o­gise to the fans. I want to play three to four years still, and be part of the Brazil team in the Qatar World Cup.”

Silva will turn 36 next month yet has been re­garded as one of the world’s best cen­tre-halves for many years and will bring pres­ence and lead­er­ship to a Chelsea de­fence that

54 goals in the Premier League last sea­son when Lam­pard used Kurt Zouma, An­dreas Chris­tensen, An­to­nio Rudi­ger and Fikayo To­mori at the back.

Silva is ex­pected to agree to a sig­nif­i­cant cut in his wages – he has been earn­ing £1.3mil­lion a month as PSG cap­tain – but is de­ter­mined to play in the Premier League.

Lam­pard has al­ready signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech for a com­bined £84mil­lion this year.

Chelsea are back­ing Lam­pard af­ter their trans­fer ban was overpean turned last year by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport, with the club keen to re­build af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth in the Premier League.

Lam­pard is also con­sid­er­ing the re­cruit­ment of a younger cen­tre­half, with West Ham’s De­clan Rice and Brighton’s Ben White among his tar­gets.

Chelsea kick off their new sea­son on Monday, Sept 14, with a trip to Brighton, af­ter be­ing given two days ex­tra to pre­pare fol­low­ing their Euro­pean ex­cur­sions and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the FA Cup fi­nal.

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