Chelsea have been handed a huge transfer boost with Bayer Leverkusen saying Kai Havertz CAN leave if “certain conditions are met”.
The Blues have been strongly linked with making a move for the £90million-rated striker this summer.
Speaking to German magazine Kicker, Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller said: “No decision has been made yet.
“I’d like to repeat myself by emphasising that we’re talking about a wonderful footballer.
“There is nothing new in this regard.
“We have a clear and mutual agreement with him and his representatives that he can only leave if certain requirements are met. Otherwise he will stay.”
The Slovenian goalkeeper has been tipped to replace under-fire Blues shot-stopper Kepa between the sticks at Stamford Bridge
Atletico Madrid No.1 Jan Oblak has addressed rumours of a potential move to Chelsea, insisting “there will be time to talk” after the club’s Champions League campaign.
Oblak has established himself as arguably the best goalkeeper in European football since completing a €16 million (£14m/$19m) switch from Benfica to Atletico in 2014.
The 27-year-old has racked up 256 appearances for the club in total, helping them win the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup, while also featuring in a Champions League final.
Chelsea have reportedly identified Oblak as a priority transfer target in an ongoing bid to bring in a new first-choice ‘keeper, with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s future at the club very much in the air.
The Blues forked out a club-record fee of £72 million ($94m) to bring the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge following Thibaut Courtois’ departure to Real Madrid in 2018, but he has failed to live up to expectations in the Premier League.
Oblak was quizzed on Chelsea’s interest ahead of Atletico’s Champions League quarter-final meeting with RB Leipzig on Thursday, and admitted that he will be ready to discuss his future when the current season reaches its conclusion.
“This is not the time for that, now it’s Leipzig,” the Slovenia international told AS. “I’ll look back at the season when the last game is over, and, hopefully, we’ll have three more [games to play].
“Then there will be time to talk. But first, Leipzig. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Oblak added on Atletico’s hopes of finally ending their wait for European glory after two painful final defeats under Diego Simeone: “At Atletico, everyone deserves a Champions League, all of us who are here deserve it, but I hope our moment has come.
“It’s difficult to think beyond this game, you have to beat Leipzig and then look at other things. But I couldn’t be happier for me, for the team and for all Atletico if we win this Champions League.”
Atletico finished third in La Liga this term but were never really in the title picture as local rivals Real Madrid finished 17 points ahead of them in the final standings to win the trophy for the 34th time.
CROWDS COMING BACK!
Football fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sing.
A further easing of lockdown rules announced tonight will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.
Rugby matches and racing at Goodwood are also on the list of approved “pilot” events in the coming weeks.
But capacity will be capped and all fans will likely be urged not to chant or shout for fear of spreading the virus.
The new Premier League season starts on September 12.
Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October…
Football fans will finally begin returning to stadiums next month — but might not be allowed to sign.
A further easing of lockdown rules announced last night will also see snooker lovers back in the Crucible this weekend for the World Championship.
Trials of allowing some fans back in stadiums will be tested later that month ahead of a planned full rollout in October.
Elsewhere, Chelsea supporters online were still up in arms about the Declan Rice transfer saga.
Blues fans were hailing “super-agent” John Terry after he posted a holiday snap of him and the West Ham ace together.
The pair had a catch up on holiday and Blues and Hammers fans were arguing non-stop about whether the Instagram post was significant.
In other transfers, Jan Oblak insisted ‘there will be time to talk’ about a Chelsea transfer as the Atletico Madrid star left the door open for a move.
Atletico are also closing in on a deal for Eibar keeper Marko Dmitrovic which will please Blues fans.
Elsewhere, Willian’s move to Arsenal will be “announced soon and is decided”, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian.
And Man Utd joined the Ben Chilwell race along as Leicester are demanding an £80m fee for the left-back.
Away from transfers, Premier League stars were warned to STOP posting holiday snaps on social media over quarantine fears on their UK return.
And next season, the Prem is set for fixture chaos at start of the campaign with the initial four rounds of the Carabao Cup crammed into the first month.
FA Cup replays were also AXED for 2020/21 in a desperate bid to get the competition finished in the jam-packed season.
And finally, FA CUP prize money has been slashed by half for next season as the financial crash in football because of Covid-19 continues to bite.