Chelsea will have one eye on the German cup final on Saturday as they continue to monitor Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, who is hoping to come out on top against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Manchester United turned their season around by signing Bruno Fernandes in January and they have not lost a match since the midfielder arrived from Sporting Lisbon.
The Red Devils are enjoying a 13-match unbeaten with Fernandes pulling the strings.
Chelsea could sign their very own creative maestro in Havertz which may take Frank Lampard’s side to the next level.
The Blues have a host of top-class midfield options but none have the same ability as Fernandes.
N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Matteo Kovacic all shield the defence very well while the legs of Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek provide the energy.
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Mason Mount has been the key figure playing in behind the striker and his first campaign as a regular in the senior squad has been a huge success.
However, Mount has not shown the same decisiveness as Fernandes does in finding the space between the lines to link-up the midfield and attack.
Havertz can fill that void and be the key piece of Lampard’s jigsaw which gets his new forwards Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech firing on all cylinders.
Chelsea have been watching the 21-year-old light up the Bundesliga this year but they have yet to make a formal approach.
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If there are any doubts over the Germany international they can be ironed out with a solid performance in the cup final this weekend.
There are not many more difficult opponents to face than Bayern, as Chelsea know all-to well given they trail Hans Flick’s side 3-0 in the Champions League last-16 first leg, which will be continued in August.
In what could be Havertz’s final appearance for Leverkusen, a strong showing against the league champions will only enhance his reputation and could tempt Chelsea in making a move before their rivals.
A host of top European clubs, including Real Madrid and Manchester United, have placed Havertz on their radar.
The versatile midfielder must move on to play Champions League football next year as Leverkusen finished fifth in the table.
That has also apparently knocked Havertz’s price tag down from £90million to £70m – a discount which could be tempting for Lampard.
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