Kai Havertz to Chelsea: £90m transfer agreed, Leverkusen delay deal, Liverpool prediction

Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign the Bayer Leverkusen youngster, for what will more than likely be a club-record transfer fee. The Blues have been tracking Havertz for some time and are determined to close the deal. 

 

Havertz will become Lampard’s fourth senior signing of the window. 

The Blues have been busy this summer, having waited for the right time to spend the money they received for Eden Hazard a year ago.  

Despite seeing their transfer embargo end back in January, they opted against signing anyone in the winter window and instead waited for the summer to strike, and spent £90.5m before the window opened. 

They forked out that hefty amount over two deals, signing Hakim Ziyech for £37.5m and Timo Werner for £53m.  

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But now, they are ready to break their transfer record to sign the 20-year-old attacker from Leverkusen. 

Havertz will complete Lampard’s new-look attack, and can play anywhere across the front three, with a keen eye for scoring goals or setting up team-mates. 

He had a superb season for Leverkusen, and looks set to become the most expensive German footballer of all time. 

Express Sport brings you all the latest news regarding Havertz’s move to Chelsea. 

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Deal hold-up 

Former Norway striker, and current transfer insider Jan-Aage Fjortoft reported on Wednesday that the deal could be held up slightly due to a decision made by Leverkusen. 

He claimed that the German side want to spend the money they’re set to receive initially – a reported £70m – to replace Havertz without having to pay over the odds. 

“Seems like the main – reason for the delay of a public confirmation of the deal, is that Leverkusen would have liked to be further in replacing him,” Fjortoft tweeted. 

“It’s strategy. After a big Havertz fee any replacement will be more expensive. That’s the name of the game.” 

 

Title prediction 

Former Scottish defender and talkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist thinks signing Havertz will immediately turn Chelsea into Premier League title contenders. 

The Blues finished some way off the top last season, ending 33 points behind runaway winners Liverpool. 

But having spent nearly £150m already on new players – with Havertz to take that fee up closer to £230m – McCoist thinks they’ll be in the mix with Manchester City and Liverpool next year.  

He said: “You’d have to consider them.

 

“I tell you what it is mate, it’s a statement. It is a proper statement. The goalkeeping situation I think Frank will still probably have to address but Havertz is a player you and I have spoken about before – well impressed with him. 

“He reminds me of a little bit of [Michael] Ballack. I’ve seen him a couple of times, I saw him at Ibrox when Leverkusen played Rangers and he just looks a different league. 

“One of these players that stands out in the middle of the park, gets himself forward. I think he’ll be a tremendous signing. 

“Obviously the Chilwell one has been going on for a while, they’re looking to strengthen in that department. 

“The statement, we’ve all been speaking about it and Frank had a very, very good season but now he’s clearly getting the opportunity to bring the players he wants at the club and it’ll be really fascinating to see how they do next year.” 

 

Deal close 

Sky Sports transfer insider Kaveh Solhekol reported on Wednesday that the deal was close to being confirmed. 

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he revelead that the transfer still hadn’t been completely signed off on, but was close to being confirmed. 

“Kai Havertz, that is getting really, really close but still our information coming out of Germany is that the deal has not been completely agreed yet,” he said. 

“But there is an expectation that it’s going to be done very soon”

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