Chelsea are leading the race to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen

Chelsea are leading the race to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen (AP)

Kai Havertz is keen on joining Chelsea this summer and does not want to stay at Bayer Leverkusen for another season, according to reports.

The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s most in-demand young midfielders as he has attracted interest from Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Having already secured deals for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner and Ajax’s attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea are keen to strengthen even more and have positioned themselves in the race for Havertz.

Reports in Germany this week have claimed that Havertz’s representatives are fully aware of Chelsea’s interest in completing a deal this summer.

And according to The Guardian, a move to Chelsea ‘appeals’ to Havertz, with Frank Lampard’s side ‘leading the race’ to sign the midfielder from Leverkusen.

The report also claims that the Germany international is looking to leave Leverkusen this summer, while Bayern are not prepared to spend big on the midfielder this year.


Bayer Leverkusen are demanding 89.5m for Kai Havertz

Bayer Leverkusen are demanding £89.5m for Kai Havertz (Getty Images)

Leverkusen have initially demanded over €100 million (£89.5m) for Havertz, while reports claim that Chelsea are £20m apart in their valuation of the midfielder.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen’s former CEO, Reiner Calmund, believes the German club will stick to their €100m (£89.5m) asking price for Havertz.

‘Havertz scores goals with his left foot, right foot and his head. That is an exceptional quality to have. He is also versatile, fit, technically strong and fast. He is an exceptional talent,’ Calmund told Goal.

‘The two Bayer managing directors Fernando Carro and Rudi Voller, like the supervisory board chairman Werner Wenning, have committed themselves to €100m as the basis for negotiations. The three Bayer bosses will not move significantly away from this amount.

‘At Leverkusen we had three absolutely exceptional midfielders in Michael Ballack, Emerson and Bernd Schuster, whose careers I have followed intensively from the start.

‘Ballack was the most dangerous, Emerson shone with his versatility and Schuster was great from a strategic point of view. If you compare these guys to Havertz when they were 21 years old, Kai is superior to all three.

‘Voller also shares this view that none of the three at this age had such skill. He explained to me that Havertz would also be the more exceptional player in the medium term.’

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