Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz after completing deals for the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of the 2020/21 season.
There has been no headway thus far but it is believed that a move could be close according to Fabrizio Romano.
The deal was on hold due to dispute on transfer fee as well as the player’s involvement with Leverkusen for the remainder of the Europa League.
This was not the case with Werner who left RB Leipzig after signing for the Blues although they are still in the Champions League. Regardless, Leverkusen insisted that Havertz must finish the season with them.
The Bundesliga outfit were eliminated from the competition by Inter Milan on Monday, effectively ending their season. Havertz was on the scoresheet for the side but it was not enough as they fell to a 2:1 defeat.
Bayern Leverkusen’s season has now ended and Chelsea are expected to make an offer soon. A fee is yet to be agreed but personal terms between the player and the Premier League club have been agreed. Therefore, it’s only a matter of time before a deal is struck between the two clubs.
One would be tempted to question why Chelsea are going all out for the young German when they already have the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham.
Well, Chelsea still needs creativity and Havertz is one of the best presently after a season in which he scored 12 goals and provided 6 assists in the Bundesliga alone. Therefore, the move would be a good one for the Blues from an attacking perspective.
Bayern Leverkusen are demanding £90 million while the Blues are offering £70 million.
Regardless, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard needs the player and it is expected that both clubs will eventually reach a compromise on a fee with add-ons and installments that will suit both parties so that a deal can be struck.
We wait to see how this pans out. But for now, it is very likely that Kai Havertz will be a Chelsea player next season and will play alongside other Bundesliga imports like Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic under the Englishman. Regardless, the official meetings to complete the deal can begin.
The Blues also need reinforcements in defense and I daresay in between the sticks, especially with Willy Caballero being favored ahead of Kepa in their last two key games.
We wait to see the players they go for, to cover these areas that exposed them greatly in the 2019/20 season under Frank Lampard.