Chelsea open talks with Kai Havertz agent over transfer as Bayer Leverkusen demand £80m

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    Chelsea will reportedly need to pay around £80million if they want to persuade Bayer Leverkusen to sell Kai Havertz. In the past two seasons, Havertz has developed into one of the best young talents in European football after a string of eye-catching performances.

    Since his debut in 2016, Havertz has made 148 appearances for Leverkusen, scoring 45 goals and providing 31 assists.

    Unsurprisingly, a host of top clubs are interested in the 21-year-old and Chelsea are one of the frontrunners.

    Last month, the Blues wrapped up a deal to sign Havertz’s Germany team-mate Timo Werner.

    And according to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, they are now making their move for the attacking midfielder.

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    He tweeted: “#Chelsea-#Havertz: contacts with the agent. The #Bayer wants 90.”

    Leverkusen are desperate to keep hold of Havertz for at least one more year but have made clear that if the asking price is met, they would be prepared to let him go.

    Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley says Havertz will be an ideal addition to the young squad manager Frank Lampard is building.

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    “If they get Werner, he can play wide or through the middle. Havertz is flexible as well. They may be a little top-heavy, in terms of their forward line.

    “But it would be a statement from [Roman] Abramovich to say, ‘we’ve given you Werner and we also want Havertz, one of the brightest talents in European football’.

    “That’s a very exciting sign for Chelsea fans.

    “But I doubt they will be in that race alone because Havertz is probably on everybody’s radar.”

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