Chelsea agree to Bayer Leverkusen Kai Havertz condition over transfer announcement

Chelsea have reportedly accepted Bayer Leverkusen’s condition that they cannot announce the signing of Kai Havertz until after their Europa League campaign comes to an end.

The Blues are locked in talks with the Bundesliga side over a £90million transfer.

Frank Lampard’s side do not want to spend more than £70m up front and are negotiating a way to pay the remaining balance in instalments.

New boys Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already linked up with the Chelsea squad after completing their moves.

Werner turned down the chance to represent RB Leipzig in the latter stages of the Champions League to move to west London early.

But Havertz will not be afforded such luxury as the 21-year-old is needed for Leverkusen’s Europa League campaign, which continues with their last-16 second-leg clash against Rangers.

If the two clubs come to an agreement over the fee before the UEFA tournament restarts they will hold off an announcement, according to TEAMtalk.

Leverkusen apparently made the request to try and avoid taking attention away from their run deep into the competition.

“Chelsea think they will get this one over the line, but it seems like Leverkusen don’t want anything announced until they have finished their Europa League campaign,” a source told TEAMtalk.

“Chelsea are happy to wait for that. And it looks like they are the only team with the money to get this deal done this summer.”

Meanwhile, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes has explained why the price of Havertz and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, who is wanted by Manchester United, will not drop.

“You have to differentiate,” Rolfes said. “With many normal players, things will change and clubs will also act differently.

“But these are two exceptional players who are very rare and therefore have value. That is why we see the situation very relaxed there.”

He added: “[Havertz] is focused,” Rolfes said of the midfielder. “Kai is relaxed with the speculations, is focused, in a good mood.

“He makes a good impression. Like the other players, the holiday did him good.

“In a transfer window, which is particularly long this time, it is normal that not everything is always cleared up early.

“As a club and also as a sports director, clarifying the squad for the new season as early as possible is the desired scenario, however rarely the reality.

“We do our job anyway, always prepare and watch the market. We will see how personal data develop in the near future.”

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