Top Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz has reportedly told Bayer Leverkusen he wants to leave this summer.
According to Bild (via Metro) the German star has handed in a transfer request amid huge interest from the Premier League side. Chelsea are allegedly willing to meet the £89 million asking price to sign Havertz and are the only side in a position to pay that kind of money.
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Frank Lampard and Co have been linked to Havertz for some time now, but his future has been uncertain with the likes of Manchester United also very keen on him. Clubs are chasing the 21-year-old after his blistering 2019/20 season, tallying 17 goals and nine assists across all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
Due to the financial effects of pandemic, a lot of clubs are being forced to end any interest in potential big money signings this summer. However, with Chelsea coming off the back of a transfer ban, they aren’t afraid to splash the cash ahead of next season. The Blues have already signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner and are showing no signs of settling just yet.
Bild believe there’s really only one team left in this race and it comes down to who can afford Havertz’s mammoth asking price. With Roman Abramovich also personally contacting the midfielder, it seems Lampard has the green light to get his man.
Now Havertz has voiced his desire to leave Leverkusen, surely there’s only one destination he will find himself. The chance to play with fellow German international Werner will also be a huge lure for the 21-year-old. If club and player want each other, all that’s left is to tie up any loose ends and snap a picture of Havertz at Stamford Bridge.
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