Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Kai Havertz as the two clubs edge ever closer to overcoming a key sticking point. Frank Lampard is hoping to make the midfielder his third signing of the summer after capturing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
ESPN claim Leverkusen will not stand in the 21-year-old’s way if he wants to leave – but first his £90million price tag must be met.
The report adds that Chelsea are not willing to spend more than £70m on the Germany international.
There is a £20m gap between the clubs but that is not expected to be an issue.
Leverkusen missed out on Champions League football after finishing fifth in the Bundesliga which weakens their hand.
If Chelsea secure their top-four place in the Premier League then Havertz would have no doubts about linking up with Lampard’s side.
The Blues have already spent over £80m on Ziyech and Werner, and Lampard still wants to bolster his defence.
Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell is high on the former midfielder’s wishlist, as is a new centre-back.
That is why Chelsea are reluctant to spend £90m on Havertz but they hope Leverkusen will lower their valuation.
Meanwhile, former Premier League striker Dean Ashton thinks £90m is too high a fee for a player still yet to prove himself on the biggest stage.
That would be incredible if that was to come off,” Ashton told Sky Sports.
“He is a wonderful talent and I’m sure he would fit with the way Frank Lampard wants to play.
“If he was likely to come in then there would be some big casualties who would have to leave Chelsea.
“£90m as well is well overpriced. He has been fantastic but he is still in the infancy of his career.