Chelsea are moving closer to bringing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth more than £70 million, according to Sky Sports.

Their report claims that the Blues are already in talks with the player’s representatives and no other clubs are in the running for his signature.

The Germany international, who plays predominantly as an attacking midfielder, scored 12 goals and registered six assists during this season’s Bundesliga having made his debut as a teenager in October 2016.

Chelsea are looking to bolster their squad in the summer with more attacking options and have identified Havertz as a key target, having already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

The 21-year-old can also play on either wing, as a central midfielder or a centre-forward and his prodigious rise through the Bayer ranks saw him earn a full international debut without playing for Germany’s Under-21s.

Sky Sports report that while his club value him at £90 million, Chelsea are prepared to offer £70 million plus add-ons.

With two years on his current contract remaining, the two parties are likely to meet somewhere in the middle, particularly as Havertz is reportedly keen on a move to London.

The switch would become even more attractive if Frank Lampard can steer Chelsea into the Champions League by winning either of their final two Premier League games of the season.

If the deal is done, he will become only the third player ever to move from Bayer to Stamford Bridge following Andre Schurrle’s move in July 2013 and Werner’s switch earlier this month.


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