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
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.