Kai Havertz has reportedly agreed personal terms with Chelsea and will pen a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge worth £7.3million-a-year plus add-ons. Marina Granovskaia is said to have struck the agreement meaning only the transfer fee needs to be sorted for the move to go through.
Transfer expert Nicolo Schira claims Chelsea and Leverkusen are working to finalise the deal and they only need to reach an agreement over the price.
A host of top European clubs, such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, were tracking the 21-year-old.
Leverkusen’s £90m valuation was thought to have put off most of the suitors but Granovskaia has been working to get the deal done.
It will be the third time this year that the Chelsea chief has struck having acted decisively to sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, respectively.
Frank Lampard has refused to publicly comment on his side’s attempts to sign Havertz but he is thought to have placed the Germany international top of his wishlist.
The versatile midfielder can play between the lines to link up the midfield and attacker but is also comfortable on either wing.
The update will be a huge boost to the Blues as they look to secure Champions League football next season.
Chelsea take on Wolves on Sunday knowing they have to avoid defeat to ensure they finish in the top four.
The west Londoners could have decided their fate last night but they fell to a 5-3 defeat against Premier League champions Liverpool.
Lampard then stressed the importance of his side qualifying for Europe’s top competition.
“It’s massively important for the club. Not just for the prestige,” he said.
“But if you are a club on the world stage like Chelsea have been you want to compete at the highest level and attract players of the highest level.
“It generates money for the club. So you understand why there is such intense scrutiny on who finishes in the top four. It would have been unheard of a good few years ago.
“Now it becomes not a trophy but an accomplishment in itself.
“We want to move further than that so we look on upwards in the League but getting into the Champions League has to be an aim for us.
“If we get there it should be something we’re happy with and, from there, how can we move further forward.”
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