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Chelsea enter Havertz talks as Blues attempt to close €76m deal with Bayer Leverkusen
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21-Jul-2020, 04:34 pm

Chelsea enter Havertz talks as Blues attempt to close €76m deal with Bayer Leverkusen


Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen Chelsea 2019-20

Chelsea are in contract talks with Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz but the Blues are yet to have agreed a fee with the Bundesliga club.

Leverkusen were open to selling the 21-year-old but publicly stated that they wanted upwards of €100 million(£90m/$111m) for their prized asset.

Goalhas learned that Chelsea are keen to negotiate a lower fee of around €76m (£70m/$87m), and it remains unclear when discussions will reach a conclusion.

The Blues are in a strong position to sign Havertz, with no other teams currently in talks to land the midfielder, who is keen to make the switch to Stamford Bridge.

Although Chelsea need just one win from their final two league games to sealChampions League football for next season, it isunderstood that Havertz would stilljoin the Blues evenif they don't seal a place in Europe's premier club competition.

Having scored 17 goals and provided eight assistsin all competitions in 2019-20,the versatile forward has emerged asGermany's outstanding young talent, with Frank Lampard having publicly referred to him as a "top player".

Chelsea initially faced competition to sign Havertz, but with the financial repercussions of the coronavirus crisis taking hold, it islikely to be a far more cautious transfer market this summer.

Indeed, the Blues were able to secure the signing of Timo Werner as Liverpool pulled out of the race due to financial concerns, with the west London outfit having also signed Ajax starHakim Ziyech.

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have both expressed an interest in Havertz in the past but are unable to raise the required funds to do a deal this summer.

As well as wanting to sign Havertz, the Blues are also exploring options at both centre-back andleft-back,while the signing of a new goalkeeper could also be on the cards.

Leicester City are not interested in sellingBen Chilwell - who is at the top of the club's left-back wish list -whileAjax starNicolas Tagliafico is also an option, amid competition fromAtletico Madrid.

Should the Blues move to bring in Atleti goalkeeper Jan Oblak, the Liga side are set to demand that his €120m (£110m/$138m) release clause be activated if they want to lure the highly-rated Slovenian to Stamford Bridge.

As for outgoings, Chelsea could raise further funds byselling Emerson Palmieri - who hassignificant interest from Inter-while Juventus are monitoring Jorginho's situation.

Meanwhile, Michy Batshuayi will likely leave the club this summer, along with loanees including Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater and several other wantaway stars.Olivier Giroud is another who is on Inter's radar.


Source : goal.com

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