Chelsea want to make Havertz their third signing of the summer transfer window but still have reservations over Leverkusen’s valuation of the forward and are weighing up their move.
Bayer Leverkusen director Simon Rolfes has claimed Chelsea are yet to submit an official offer for Kai Havertz.
The 21-year-old forward is reportedly keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer after attracting interest from a host of clubs across Europe.
Havertz is already believed to have agreed personal terms on a move, having been tempted by Frank Lampard’s vision for the club.
All that was left to be determined it seemed was a fee between the two clubs, but Rolfes is adamant Chelsea haven’t tabled a bid.
“We have no official offer,” Rolfes said in a press conference ( Kicker).
“We have not yet had an offer. We know that clubs are interested, but there is no official offer.”
Indeed it is the figure which could well prove to be the stumbling block to getting the deal over the line.
Leverkusen value their star asset at around £90million, but Chelsea feel they can land him for closer to £70million.
Blues director Marina Granovskaia has held talks with Leverkusen chiefs over a move and is confident a deal can be reached.
Havertz is already back training with Leverkusen ahead of next season but is keen to play at a higher level, with Chelsea guaranteed Champions League football.
Rolfes added: “He is focused. Kai is relaxed with the speculations, is focused, in a good mood.
“He makes a good impression. The holiday did him good like the other players.”
Chelsea have been the busiest Premier League club in the transfer window so far, landing Timo Werner from Red Bull Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
Adding Havertz to their armoury would make them outside candidates to challenge for the title next season, though Lampard is keen to add more talent.
A goalkeeper is next priority, with club record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga out of favour.
Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been linked, while Ajax’s Andre Onana and Man Utd’s Dean Henderson are other names being mooted.