An exciting summer lies ahead at Stamford Bridge.
After completing deals for Hakim Ziyech from Ajax and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, Chelsea could have been forgiven for wanting to ease off the accelerator as far as their transfer business is concerned.
The Blues are now actively looking to conclude a deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, with understanding that the Germany international is the club’s top transfer target.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of everything we know so far about Chelsea’s pursuit of the 21-year-old and how close a deal could be to being concluded
Havertz compared to Hazard
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov recently compared Havertz to former Chelsea star Eden Hazard, as the Bulgarian outlined the fact that the Blues have not yet replaced the Belgian with a player of such magnitude.
Berbatov told Betfair: “I think it is interesting to see Chelsea linked with him, they haven’t really replaced Hazard since he left and it was always going to be difficult to do so.
“I think for sure they need to go for a young player with a lot of football ahead of them, if that is the case then they will also have to be patient as well because sometimes young players need time to adjust to the physicality and speed of Premier League.”
Blues planning £75m Havertz bid
The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea have stepped up their interest in securing Havertz’s signature and are ready to launch a £75million bid to lure him to Stamford Bridge.
It is claimed that Chelsea, despite knowing that they face stern competition to land his signature, are desperate to add him to Frank Lampard’s squad and have identified him as a player that they want.
Havertz is currently valued at the £75million mark and the Blues are willing to pay it, as they look to try and bridge the gap on their Premier League rivals.
Having already signed Hakim Ziyech and moving in the right direction to securing the signature of Timo Werner, the addition of Havertz would certainly be the cherry on the icing on the cake for Chelsea this summer.
Transfer talks confirmed
Bild are reporting that talks between Chelsea and Leverkusen for Havertz are ongoing.
However, the Blues are not the only team in the running.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are also interested.
Even Newcastle United have been mentioned.
Bayer Leverkusen chief drops hint
Bayer Leverkusen chief Fernando Carro has hinted that the German side could let Havertz depart this summer.
Amid talk of a big-money switch to Chelsea, Carro has stated that player wishes to “take the next step sometime in the near future” as he looks to progress his game.
“Many clubs are interested in him,” he told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger (via Metro). “I see the player’s wish to take the next step sometime in the near future.
“You have to respect that as much as the fact that he has a contract in until 2022.”
Chelsea open talks with Leverkusen for Havertz deal
The Athletic, via the Express, have reported that Chelsea have opened talks with Leverkusen to try and negotiate a deal for Havertz ahead of the summer transfer window officially opening for business.
Speculation regarding Havertz’s future has been rumbling on over the past few weeks, with increasing interest in the Germany international emerging from Stamford Bridge.
Blues boss Lampard is desperate to add some creativity to his midfield and Havertz would most certainly do just that.