Chelsea to complete Kai Havertz transfer within the next 24 hours

Chelsea to complete Kai Havertz transfer within the next 24 hours


Chelsea are finally set to clinch the signing of Kai Havertz (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are finally expected to complete the eagerly anticipated signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen within the next 24 hours.

Frank Lampard has been active in the transfer market this summer, adding the likes of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva to a squad which finished third last season and reached the final of the FA Cup.

Despite boasting an already star-studded cast of attacking players, Lampard has made the signing of Havertz a key priority during the close season and, according to The Athletic, Marina Granovskaia has made a key breakthrough in negotiations.

The Bundesliga club have driven a hard bargain throughout protracted talks and Chelsea are now set to pay a fee of just over £70million plus add-ons which could take the eventual cost of the deal to around £90m.

Personal terms were agreed several weeks ago but the 21-year-old is yet to undergo his medical. Havertz is currently with the Germany national team squad but was an unnused substitute in last night’s 1-1 draw against Spain, with Joachim Low keen to protect the midfielder from an injury which would potentially scupper his impending move.

Kai Havertz’s German compatriot Timo Werner moved to Chelsea earlier this summer (Picture: Getty)

Despite the intense competition for places, Havertz was said to have been impressed by Lampard’s sales pitch and ultimately had no interest in joining any other club than Chelsea.

Havertz’s compatriots Werner and Antonio Rudiger are likely to be central to Lampard’s plans next season and beyond and the centre-half spoke earlier this week on the prospect of being joined by one of the most talented youngsters in Europe earlier this week.

‘Everything went well with Timo Werner, so I made my contribution,’ the Chelsea centre-back said at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of Germany’s Nations League clashes with Spain and Switzerland.

‘And I hope that it works again now [with Havertz].’

Lampard’s spending is braced to continue, meanwhile, as he intensifies his search for a new goalkeeper capable of challening Kepa Arrizabalaga for the No.1 spot.

Chelsea’s current record signing has failed to convince following his move from Athletic Bilbao two years ago and lost his place last term following a string of high-profile errors.

Lampard’s original intention was to sell the Spain international but finding a buyer has been more difficult than anticipated, while striking deals for the likes of Jan Oblak have been far from straightforward.

Chelsea are instead likely to press ahead with plans to sign Edourd Mendy from Rennes, having abandoned talks with Lille over a potential move for Mike Maignan.

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