Chelsea have to wait to sign Kai Havertz but structured deal with Bayer Leverkusen ‘close to being agreed’

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Chelsea have to wait to sign Kai Havertz but structured deal with Bayer Leverkusen 'close to being agreed'

Chelsea are reportedly close to agreeing a structured deal with Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz.

The Blues look likely to land the German playmaker from the Bundesliga club this summer as they continue to strengthen ahead of the 2020/21 season.

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Kai Havertz scored 17 goals in all competitions for Bayer Leverkusen last season

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have already joined from RB Leipzig and Ajax respectively.

Reports earlier this week claimed the two clubs were still thrashing out a deal but Havertz has already agreed personal terms.

Teamtalk claim the two clubs are close to agreeing a structured deal where a large portion of the fee will be paid up front with the rest spread out in payments over five years.

The finer details of the deal has yet to be agreed upon.

The 21-year-old is said to be keen to join Chelsea and is believed to want to get a move completed before Leverkusen’s Europa League tie with Rangers.

Havertz, who is a target for Chelsea, is vital to Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League hopes

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Havertz, who is a target for Chelsea, is vital to Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League hopes

This looks unlikely, though, with the Bundesliga club’s director Rudi Voller insisting Havertz will complete their Europa League campaign.

The final is not scheduled to be held until August 21.

“It is set in stone,” Voller said when quizzed over the 21-year-old midfielder’s involvement in this season’s Europa League. “There is no new stance.”

The Teamtalk report also says that Chelsea are happy to wait to announce the transfer.

Voller was also adamant the coronavirus pandemic will not change Leverkusen’s £90million (€100m) asking price.

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He added: “There will be no corona bonus. No matter who the player is, this is a special transfer window.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea ‘vigorously denied’ claims director Marina Granovskaia has acted unprofessionally in their pursuit of Kai Havertz.

Reports claimed Granovskaia had compiled a dossier of potential weaknesses in Bayer Leverkusen’s hierarchy by speaking to contacts in Germany to gain an advantage in negotiations.

However, Chelsea have moved quickly to rubbish those claims.

A short statement to the Press Association read: “We vigorously deny these suggestions; these claims are a complete fabrication.”





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