Chelsea are now the only club actively pursuing a deal for Kai Havertz after Bayern Munich confirmed they won’t be making an approach.
Frank Lampard has identified Havertz as his top target and Chelsea are widely believed to be working on a deal.
The versatile attacking midfielder has also agreed personal terms on a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
Amid claims Chelsea had launched an opening £54m bid, Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz revealed what the future holds for Havertz.
Bosz said: “I won’t tell, it’s his business.
“I talk to Kai a lot and try to sense what all this does to him. The daily transfer rumours, for example… I notice again and again that Kai handles it very well.”
Chelsea’s only rivals for Havertz’s signature were believed to be Bayern Munich.
However, after their big-money signing of Leroy Sane, the German giants appear to have concluded their major business.
At least that was the line being fed by chief Uli Hoeness. He insists Bayern will not rival Chelsea in the race to sign Havertz.
He told German outlet FAZ: “I am sure that, after Leroy Sane, there will be no major transfers this year.
“That has nothing to do with the quality of Havertz. We all think he is a very, very good player.
“But in the coronavirus period after a transfer of almost €50m, one of €70m, €80m or more I can’t imagine making unless we secure counter-financing through player sales.”
Chelsea confident on Havertz
The London club are ‘increasingly confident’ of signing the playmaker with talks at an advanced stage.
We were told that Chelsea and Leverkusen are close to agreeing a structured transfer deal. The deal will see a substantial up front payment and further payments spread over the course of his five-year contract.
The fine details of how those payments will be structured and what targets will need to be met have been among the major stumbling blocks in negotiations.
“Chelsea think they will get this one over the line, but it seems like Leverkusen don’t want anything announced until they have finished their Europa League campaign,” a source told TEAMtalk.