Euro Paper Talk: Chelsea ‘agree’ record Havertz fee; Spanish duo to follow

Nico Melamed

Chelsea are ready to spend a huge €119m with two Spanish stars set to follow Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge, Leeds want an AC Milan star, while Ronald Koeman wants a Man Utd flop at Barcelona, according to Friday’s Euro Paper Talk.

 

HAVERTZ COMPROMISE REACHED BY CHELSEA

Chelsea are reportedly on the brink of agreeing a deal for Kai Havertz with his transfer set to be finalised possibly by the weekend.

The Blues have already agreed terms with the 21-year-old, with the transfer fee the only sticking point.


Indeed, Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller has insisted there will be no discount on his exit. According to The Guardian, the German side want €100million (£90million).

On Wednesday, the newspaper also claims Chelsea have had a new bid of €65million (£58.6million) rejected.

The offer also includes €15million (£13.5million) in add-ons but nevertheless falls at least £18million short of Leverkusen’s asking price.

However, productive talks over the past two days have seen headway being made.

Reports in the German media now expect a compromise deal of €86m to be struck. That is below Bayer Leverkusen’s €100m valution, but still some way north of Chelsea’s opening gambit. The £77.2m deal will represent a club-record fee for Chelsea. Havertz will also become the third costliest player in British history behind Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire.

Furthermore, Sky Italia report Bayer Leverkusen have moved to sign Roma’s Patrik Schick as his replacement.

The Czech forward spent this season on loan with RB Leipzig but Bayer look set to beat them to his permanent €25m signature.

 

CHELSEA IN FOR SPANISH DUO

The Blues won’t stop at Havertz either.

Reports in the Spanish media claim Chelsea have also lined up two more impressive signings.

As per Sport, are keen on a deal for Espanyol midfielder Nico Melamed, who can leave for €8m this summer.

The teenager has just a handful of appearances to his name but is tipped for big things. A clause in his contract allows him to move on for €8m this summer and Sport claims Chelsea are pursuing his signature.

The same paper also believes the Blues will soon wrap up a deal for on-loan Sevilla man Sergio Reguilon. The state the Chelsea hierarchy believe his €25m asking price is something of a “bargain”.

Chelsea will follow up their interest with a firm bid once Sevilla’s involvement in the Europa League final is done on Friday night. A report earlier this week said Real would insist on a buy-back clause in any deal that takes Reguilon to London.

Deals for all three players will set Chelsea back a cool €119m (£106.8m).

 

READ MORE: Man Utd emerge as strong favourites to sign Chelsea midfield lynchpin ‘for the right price’

 

LEEDS CHASE MILAN FORWARD LEAO

Leeds are keen on a deal for AC Milan attacker Rafael Leao, who could cost around €25m. (various)

PSG have targeted Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu as a prime summer target and are willing to pay his €60m valuation. (Ajansspor)

Inter Milan, Man City and Paris Saint-Germain are the three clubs paying attention to Lionel Messi’s situation at Barcelona. (Calciomercato)

Fulham are hopeful of a deal for Gerard Pique, with the Barcelona defender asking for time to consider their €5.5m a year contract offer. (WinSports TV)

Benfica have joined the race to sign Andreas Pereira from Man Utd and look more likely suitors than cash-strapped Valencia. (ESPN)

Valencia plan to move for Aston Villa keeper Pepe Reina if Jasper Cillessen leaves the club this month. (Marca)

 

KOEMAN WANTS DEPAY AT BARCELONA

Memphis Depay

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign €30m-rated Lyon forward Memphis Depay this summer. (RAC1)

Atalanta are targeting Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi as a possible replacement for Duvan Zapata. (Tuttomercatoweb)

Southampton, Real Betis and Roma leading the chase for Almeria striker Darwin Nunez. Any deal will cost €20m  – a Spanish record for a second division player. (Marca)

Georginio Wijnaldum has ‘paralysed’ talks on a new Liverpool deal and is waiting on a move to Barcelona. (Sport)

Leeds are reported to have opened talks with Valencia over a deal for exciting Spain striker Rodrigo Moreno. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

 

AND MORE FROM EURO PAPER TALK

Paris Saint-Germain are ready to move for Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot. (O Jogo)

Philippe Coutinho is adamant that any talks on his future can wait after playing down talk of a move to Arsenal. (Esporte Interactivo)

Torino have agreed terms with Milan midfielder Lucas Biglia, who will sign a one-year contract with the Granata. (Tuttosport)

Real Betis are in talks with Brighton over a move for Spanish right-back Martin Montoya. (ABC De Sevilla)

Lionel Messi has cut his holiday short to hold showdown talks with new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman. The Argentine is still likely to inform him he wants to leave. (RAC1)