Frank Lampard restructures Chelsea transfer plans to fund £75m Kai Havertz move
The Germany playmaker has attracted attention from Europe’s elites after his exceptional performances for the Bundesliga outfit this term.
The 20-year-old has bagged 15 goals in 43 games for Leverkusen this term and he’s been heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United and Juventus all interested.
However, Chelsea are one of the major forces willing to spend money this summer as they feel vindicated in doing so following their two-window transfer ban.
The club have already bagged Hakim Ziyech and have verbally agreed a £54m deal with RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. Havertz is set to leave Leverkusen this summer.
But Lampard is not done there as the Daily Mail claim Havertz is next on his list. The Englishman wants to add more goals to his midfield as he the trio of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are all considered to be defensive-minded.
However, with Leverkusen valuing Havertz at £75m, Lampard would have to spend the remainder of his summer budget on a move for the German. Lampard had been keen to sign a new left-back, as well as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalega.
The Spaniard was dropped for six games at the start of the year following a dismal run of form and he’s rarely shown the type of form to vindicate the club’s £71million decision to sign him in 2018.
However, Lampard is willing to stick with the former Athletic Bilbao for a further 12 months if it means he can fund a move for Havertz. Chelsea are set to face huge competition for the German but their readiness to spend is not matched by other European giants, who are fearing significant losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chelsea are not immune from that downturn but Lampard has been handed significant funds to spend as he denied the chance to do so in his opening summer at the club.