Chelsea are reportedly ‘close’ to securing a deal for Kai Havertz with the club’s exciting summer of recruitment set to continue with the capture of the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder.
Havertz has emerged as one of the most sought after players in European football following another stand-out season with the Bundesliga club, the 21-year-old having scored 17 goals in all competitions to attract significant interest from both home and abroad.
Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are amongst the sides reported to be monitoring the highly-rated youngster, but according to The Athletic, Chelsea are in an ‘advantageous’ position to secure his signing given the resources available to the west London side this summer.
Frank Lampard’s side are currently the only side willing to pay Leverkusen’s asking price for Havertz and the Germany international is keen for his future to be sorted as swiftly as possible, a situation which has placed the Blues as the clear frontrunners to add the youngster to their ranks.
Havertz has informed Leverkusen – who failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League via their league finish – that he is keen to leave the BayArena this summer, and is interested in a switch to the Premier League with his representatives ‘nearing an agreement’ on personal terms ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea‘s hopes of finalising the deal – which is reported to cost the club in the region of €80m after add-ons – are also not dependent on Lampard’s side securing Champions League qualification, Havertz having been sold on the club’s project after conversations with the Chelsea boss.
The arrival of the midfielder would represent another coup for the club after the confirmed captures of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively, Chelsea’s strong financial position following a transfer-ban and substantial sales last summer allowing the club to capitalise amid the uncertainty of the transfer market at present.