Kai Havertz has reportedly made his mind up on his Bayer Leverkusen future, as Chelsea continue to be linked with the Germany attacker.
The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most in-demand young forwards. He has also attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
After securing the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea are keen to strengthen even more this summer.
Reports in Germany this week have claimed that Havertz’s representatives are fully aware of the London club’s interest.
And according to The Guardian, as cited by Metro, a move to Chelsea ‘appeals’ to Havertz. With Frank Lampard’s side ‘leading the race’ to sign the midfielder from Leverkusen.
The report also claims that the 21-year-old has decided he wants to quit his current club. However, he will not head to Bayern, as they ruled themselves out of the race for his signature.
Leverkusen initially demanded over €100million (£89.5m) for Havertz, while reports claim that Chelsea are £20m apart in their valuation of the attacking midfielder.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen’s former CEO, Reiner Calmund, believes the German club will stick to that asking price.
“Havertz scores goals with his left foot, right foot and his head. That is an exceptional quality to have. He is also versatile, fit, technically strong and fast. He is an exceptional talent,” Calmund told Goal.
“The two Bayer managing directors Fernando Carro and Rudi Voller, like the supervisory board chairman Werner Wenning, have committed themselves to €100m as the basis for negotiations. The three Bayer bosses will not move significantly away from this amount.”
Leipzig CEO names Werner in strong hint at exit plan for Chelsea target
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff says he is in “good talks” with Chelsea-linked defender Dayot Upamecano to prevent his likely exit next summer happening for free.
Upamecano has become one of Europe’s most exciting young defenders with his performances this season.
The 21-year-old played 28 of Leipzig’s 34 Bundesliga games and confirmed interest in his services in February.
Chelsea have been linked, with the Blues are reportedly keen on the Frenchman alongside Arsenal and they could use Upamecano’s relationship with former Leipzig teammate Timo Werner as a springboard.
Speculation over Upamecano’s future has mounted given he has one year left on his contract.
Speaking to bulinews.com, however, Mintzlaff confirmed that he is close to preventing losing his star player for free next summer. Read more…