Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz is attracting interest from a plethora of clubs right across Europe as his stock continues to rise.
Amongst the leading suitors in the race to sign the creative midfielder are Chelsea, with Blues head coach Frank Lampard desperate to overhaul his attacking options ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The west London outfit have already secured deals to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, with the likes of Ben Chilwell and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho still reportedly on Lampard’s shopping list.
But Havertz is also high on Chelsea’s transfer agenda, with the Leverkusen star one of the most highly-rated prospects in European football.
A deal to sign Havertz would not come cheaply, but Chelsea are, it seems, in a mood to splash the cash in an attempt to make up for lost time, following the transfer ban they were under last summer.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far about Chelsea’s pursuit of Havertz…
Havertz ‘open’ to Premier League switch
With plenty of speculation gathering about the 20-year-old’s future, our sister title – The Manchester Evening News – report that the attacking-midfielder, who has netted 15 goals in all competitions for Leverkusen this term, is ‘open’ to the idea of sealing a switch to the Premier League in the next transfer window.
That news will come as a significant boost to both Chelsea and United, as both clubs continue to fight it out to land his signature.
Havertz is currently happy at Leverkusen and has no immediate desires to force an exit from the BayArena, but he would not be fazed by the prospect of sealing a move abroad and testing himself in the Premier League.
Six attributes that could make Havertz the ideal signing for Chelsea
Chelsea may have already secured the signing of Ajax sensation Hakim Ziyech for next season but you can never have too much quality, right?
If the Blues were to win the race for the midfielder, who would have had ambitions to represent Germany at this summer’s European Championships had they not been suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, he would add an extra wealth of quality to Lampard’s options.
And that is an opinion held by Leverkusen assistant boss Marcel Daum, who has outlined the midfielder’s qualities.
He told talkSPORT: “If you see his movement, he’s very elegant, he’s always calm, he has great passing ability. What a lot of people don’t see, because we watch him every day, is that he’s pretty fast. That’s a big bonus.
“He’s a great player; he’s scoring goals, he’s great in the air and he’s pretty fast.
“It’s up to him how far he can go.”
Chelsea told how much it will cost to complete deal
Chelsea would be able to secure Havertz’s signature if they paid north of £90million.
That is according to Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz.
Bosz told Algemeen Dagblad back in March: “He can’t be held on to next summer. That will be a transfer of €100million (£90million). What am I saying? More than €100million (£90million)!”
Havertz compared to Hazard
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov recently compared Havertz to former Chelsea star Eden Hazard, as the Bulgarian outlined the fact that the Blues have not yet replaced the Belgian with a player of such magnitude.
Berbatov told Betfair: “I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.
“I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.”
Blues planning £75m Havertz bid
The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea have stepped up their interest in securing Havertz’s signature and are ready to launch a £75million bid to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
It is claimed that Chelsea, despite knowing that they face stern competition to land his signature, are desperate to add him to Frank Lampard’s squad and have identified him as a player that they want.
Havertz is currently valued at the £75million mark and the Blues are willing to pay it, as they look to try and bridge the gap on their Premier League rivals.
Having already signed Hakim Ziyech and moving in the right direction to securing the signature of Timo Werner, the addition of Havertz would certainly be the cherry on the icing on the cake for Chelsea this summer.
Transfer talks confirmed
Bild are reporting that talks between Chelsea and Leverkusen for Havertz are ongoing.
However, the Blues are not the only team in the running.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are also interested.
Even Newcastle United have been mentioned.
Bayer Leverkusen chief drops hint
Bayer Leverkusen chief Fernando Carro has hinted that the German side could let Havertz depart this summer.
Amid talk of a big-money switch to Chelsea, Carro has stated that player wishes to “take the next step sometime in the near future” as he looks to progress his game.
“Many clubs are interested in him,” he told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger (via Metro). “I see the player’s wish to take the next step sometime in the near future.
“You have to respect that as much as the fact that he has a contract in until 2022.”
Chelsea open talks with Leverkusen for Havertz deal
The Athletic, via the Express, have reported that Chelsea have opened talks with Leverkusen to try and negotiate a deal for Havertz ahead of the summer transfer window officially opening for business.
Speculation regarding Havertz’s future has been rumbling on over the past few weeks, with increasing interest in the Germany international emerging from Stamford Bridge.
Blues boss Lampard is desperate to add some creativity to his midfield and Havertz would most certainly do just that.
According to the report, Chelsea have entered negotiations with the Bundesliga club as they look to reach an agreement for the £90m-rated starlet.
Chelsea could land Havertz
The Bundesliga season reached its conclusion on Saturday afternoon and Bayer Leverkusen completed the campaign with a 1-0 home win over Mainz, with Kevin Volland netting the only goal after just two minutes.
Despite concluding the season with a three-point haul, Leverkusen, as a result of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s win over Hertha Berlin, missed out on securing Champions League football by two points.
That means that Leverkusen, according to a reports, could now be willing to let the midfielder go for a fee nearer to £70million, opposed to the £90million price tag they would have demanded had they secured a top-four finish.
This is good news for Chelsea as they are understood to be happy to spend around £70million on attempting to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
Following Saturday’s win over Mainz, Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz issued an update on Havertz’s future.
He said: “I don’t feel that he is thinking too much about transferring.
“I certainly don’t have the impression that this will be his last game for the club. He is still under contract with us and I have to assume that he will be with us next season too.
“That will include the German Cup final next month and the next Europa League game against Rangers in August.
“Of course, that’s all dependent on nothing happening before then.”