Chelsea have reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz.
Now the Londoners will have to thrash out the transfer fee for the 21-year-old, with Leverkusen unwilling to lower their £90million asking price.
According to RMC Sport, “discussions are continuing” between the two sides with Chelsea “optimisitic” of getting the deal done.
Havertz will join a forward line including new signings Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, sure to excite the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Frank Lampard is creating a Chelsea side that can fight for next season’s Premier League title, claimed Ricardo Carvalho.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Chelsea legend said: “Given he lost Eden Hazard, so far he’s done very well.
“He achieved a Champions League place for next season which of course is very important, and has brought in young, talented players.
“Frank is building a very good team and I expect next year he can fight for the title with those players, for sure.”
Brighton do not want to lose in-demand Chelsea target Ben White – but are happy to let Shane Duffy leave.
Albion have turned down a bid for whizkid White from Leeds, for whom he shone on loan this season.
A number of the bigger clubs including Frank Lampard’s side and Liverpool are monitoring his progress.
But Graham Potter plans to start White next season and has consistently maintained he does not want to see the 22-year-old leave.
Duffy, 28, is set to move on though with talks held between the Seagulls and West Brom over a possible transfer.
Chelsea WILL sign Kai Havertz “if they want him as much as he wants them”, reports Sky Sports Kaveh Solhekol.
He states that Havertz has agitated for a move behind the scenes and is keener to join Chelsea than Jadon Sancho is to join Man Utd.
The upshot of all that is that a deal should be done after Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League campaign is finished.
That could be as early as tonight, when they take on Antonio Conte’s Inter in Germany.
Leverkusen Sporting Director Rudi Voller remains insistent that Havertz will not leave for less than £90m, but Solhekol says this is a “standard tactic” in these situations.
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS,
Tammy Abraham admits he is going to need to take his game to a new level to beat Timo Werner to the main striking role at Chelsea.
But the 22-year-old England star is not prepared to give up his place in Frank Lampard’s side without a fight.
He said: “This is something I’ve been dreaming of as a kid so I have to fight for my spot, it’s never going to come easy.
“It didn’t come easy at the start of the season but I worked myself into the team and that’s what I have to keep doing.
“This is Chelsea Football Club. There’s always going to be high standards and high competition.”
Abraham enjoyed a decent first full season in the Blues‘ first team last season with 19 goals – yet the £45million arrival of Werner at Stamford Bridge leaves his place under serious threat.
On the transfer front, Chelsea have reportedly made a £20million swoop to snap up Manchester City defender John Stones.
The 26-year-old England star is likely to leave the Etihad this summer following the £41m arrival of ex-Blues player Nathan Ake.
According to the Mirror, interest in the former Everton man has sparked Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s interest.
The report adds that Lamps feels he can resurrect Stones’ career and is prepared to sanction a £20m move.
Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly refusing to drop their asking price for Kai Havertz.
Kevin Phillips has claimed that the arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will spell the end of England duo Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea.
He told Football Insider: “You can look at it two ways as a player.
“For me, with my own head on, I see that as competition, somebody that I can learn off and it means you have to perform in training week in, week out to stake your claim for a place in the side.
“But deep down, when you bring in quality players like that you expect those two players to start.
“Frank knows more than anyone that competition is healthy in any squad provided you can keep everyone happy. These young players have had a taste of first team action but they are easier to manage than two more experienced players sitting on the bench and not playing.
“Competition but I would not say they need to be worried. See it as a challenge to go and stake a claim.”