Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz is on the verge of a move to Chelsea, although reports from Spanish media claim that the playmakers first choice was, in fact, Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most exciting prospects and showed his credentials last term scoring 12 goals and providing six assists in the Bundesliga as Leverkusen narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot.
With such impressive form comes the inevitable attention of Europe’s elite sides, and Chelsea have emerged as clear favourites to sign the talented midfielder in recent months.
It now looks like Frank Lampard is about to get his man with Sky Sports reporting that Havertz is set to seal his much speculated move to Stamford Bridge in a deal that could rise as high as a Premier League record £90 million.
The German international’s capture is the latest signing in a flurry of transfer activity from the Blues, with the starlet set to link up with new additions Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell for the upcoming season.
However, despite committing his future to Lampard’s side, Marca claim that the youngster’s preferred destination was actually Madrid, the La Liga side forced to back away from any deal due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The situation will no doubt be a blessing for the Blues, but also a painful one for Los Blancos who were also forced to call a halt on their pursuit of Ajax midfielder Donny Van de Beek – the Dutchman signing for Manchester United on Wednesday.
The report claims that Havertz even held off from negotiating with other major sides – including Bayern Munich – in order to wait on a move to the Spanish capital, although he seemingly could not wait any longer.