Chelsea will submit a €90million (£80million) bid to secure a deal to bring Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge next summer, according to reports.
The 20-year-old is already a Bundesliga star despite his tender age, having made 141 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen over the past four seasons.
And while he has been on the radar of Europe’s top clubs for a long period of time, his recent form in the Bundesliga – the only major European league to have restarted – has seen his stock rise further.
The seven-cap Germany international has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United but according to Todofichajes, Chelsea have now registered serious interest.
The source claims that the Blues have identified Havertz as the kingpin for Frank Lampard‘s side in the years to come and the manager has made his arrival to West London a priority.
Chelsea are aware that several other top clubs in Europe are after Havertz and so want to “speed up negotiations” with Leverkusen.
An £80million bid will be submitted – with the package to be proposed by chairman Bruce Buck – in the hope that the German side let go of their star talent at the end of next season.
BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves has previously said that Havertz would be better off waiting a year before securing a dream move.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder said: “It is hard to go to a great team like Liverpool and start. He is very special and he has just got to play. He can make a move at 21, 24, or 26.
“Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have always been great players but would they have shown it at Liverpool at 21? It is pretty unrealistic.
“I think his development is ahead of 99 per cent of players, but I don’t think he should go to a top team yet as he might stunt his development.
“He is at a good team and the manager Peter Bosz plays to his style. If he is going to move, it has got to be the right move.”
Havertz netted twice in Leverkusen’s 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday, his second brace in as many matches.
The youngster has now been involved in nine goals – scoring six and assisting three others – in his last six league games.
Havertz broke his silence on the speculation over his future on Saturday, but was tight-lipped about what his next steps could be.