Chelsea agree to pay £89m fee as Bayer Leverkusen Midfielder, Kai Havertz requests transfer
Kai Havertz has asked to leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer with Chelsea ready to pay the midfielder’s €100 million (£89.8m) asking price, according to reports in Germany.
The 21-year-old has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe following his impressive performances in the Bundesliga. Chelsea and Liverpool are both interested in the midfielder but the newly crowned Premier League champions have been put off by Leverkusen’s high valuation.
According to Bild, Chelsea are now leading the race to sign Havertz as they are the only club who are currently in a position to meet Leverkusen’s asking price.
However, Chelsea are looking to fund the deal by paying in instalments with €70m (£62.9m) up front plus another €30m (£26.9m) in bonuses. Havertz is understood to be keen on joining Chelsea on the condition that they secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
As it stands, Frank Lampard’s side currently sit third in the Premier League following their 3-2 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening. Bild also report that Real Madrid are very interested in signing Havertz but the Spanish club cannot fund such an expensive transfer without offloading players first.
Havertz, however, is not prepared to wait another year and wants to leave Leverkusen this summer.
Bayern Munich are also keen admirers of Havertz but the Bundesliga champions have already indicated that they are only interested in a deal next summer having already signed Leroy Sane from Manchester City.
‘If an even bigger club than Leverkusen puts the money on the table that [Rudi] Voller and the Leverkusen team want for Havertz, then this summer is certain for me [Havertz will leave], because the boy understandably wants to take the next step,’ Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus told Sky Germany.
‘He [Karl-Heinz Rummenigge] knows exactly what [a deal for Havertz] would cost – and that is not possible now after the Sane transfer. ‘If Thiago and David Alaba should leave the club, Bayern would get high transfer fees and save on the salaries of both of them.
Then maybe it could be enough to acquire a mega-talent.’