Bayer Leverkusen are sticking with their asking price for reported Chelsea target Kai Havertz, but are open to having add-ons and bonuses in a deal, according to German report.
Chelsea’s last two games displayed why they might need a more direct midfielder in their team.
Dominating possession against Sheffield United, Frank Lampard’s men could not really test United’s defence, with an xG of just 1.3 in their 3-0 loss.
It was not much of a difference when they hosted Norwich on Tuesday. They secured the important three points but were never really threatening apart from Olivier Giroud’s goal and Christian Pulisic’s attempt which hit the crossbar.
Bundesliga sensation Havertz could be an answer to this particular Chelsea’s problem.
The 21-year-old managed 17 goals and eight assists across all competitions this season and ended the season as Bayer Leverkusen’s top scorer and is reportedly eager to leave the club this summer (the Guardian).
Bild’s head of football Christian Falk said has Leverkusen still want a transfer fee in the region of €100million (£90.8m) for Havertz.
The Bundesliga club, however, are open to including add-ons and bonuses to the deal which would help Chelsea should they decide to start the negotiation.
Previously, Falk also claimed Chelsea are the only club capable of paying Leverkusen’s asking price for Havertz among the interested parties which include Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“Now, Chelsea are ahead in this poker, because the other clubs can’t pay so much money at the moment,” he told Bleacher Report’s Football Ranks podcast.
“Chelsea showed with Werner that they can do that.”
Another report from the BBC said that despite his desire to play in the Champions League next season, the Germany international does not consider it as a deal-breaker.
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