Kai Havertz has chosen to join Chelsea but Bayer Leverkusen want to delay the transfer until the end of August, according to reports in Germany.
Frank Lampard’s side have been leading the race to sign the 21-year-old, who has already told Leverkusen at the end of the Bundesliga season that he wants to leave this summer.
Leverkusen will not stand in Havertz’s way and are open to selling the midfielder, but the German club are demanding a €100 million (£89.8m) fee.
According to Kicker, Chelsea are the only club who are willing to meet Leverkusen’s valuation and Havertz has now opted to make the move to Stamford Bridge.
But the report claims that Leverkusen will only let Havertz leave once their Europa League campaign ends this summer, which could be as late as August 21 if they reach the final.
The competition resumes next month with Leverkusen due to play the second leg of their round-of-16 tie against Rangers on August 6.
The German club are expected to progress after they beat Steven Gerrard’s side 3-1 in the first leg and will play either Inter or Getafe in the quarter-final on August 10.
The delay in Havertz’s proposed move to Chelsea could mean that the midfielder could miss the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Earlier this month, reports in Germany claimed that Havertz is attracted by the prospect of playing alongside Timo Werner at Chelsea and has been impressed by Lampard’s plans for the team.
Chelsea are favourites to land Havertz after Bayern Munich ruled themselves out of the running for the midfielder due to their £55m deal to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City.
Speaking before Leverkusen’s DFB Pokal final defeat to Bayern Munich earlier this month, the German club’s sporting director Rudi Voller claimed Havertz is the best player the club have ever had.
‘We’ve had many good players through the history of the club at Bayer Leverkusen, but Kai Havertz is the best of them all,’ he said.
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