Chelsea have reportedly begun talks with Bayer Leverkusen over a transfer fee for Kai Havertz, as the Blues have reportedly reached provisional personal terms with the player.
Frank Lampard previously said admitted that qualifying for the Champions League would have an impact on Chelsea’s transfer activities, although he refused to speak much about it.
“In brutal honesty I would say yes,” he told the media about the Champions League impact on transfers (via Football London).
“Not to say exactly where that will go, because that’s not a conversation today off the back of the game straight away.”
Despite Lampard’s hesitant to speak about the transfer business, as usual, Chelsea have now begun their pursuit of the third signing after Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
According to a report from the Telegraph, Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of Havertz and are now in the negotiation phase.
The report said personal terms will not be a problem for Chelsea who has expressed his desire to join his German teammates Timo Werner and Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge.
Interestingly, Leverkusen will reportedly allow Havertz to miss next Thursday’s Europa League tie against Rangers if it could jeopardise the deal.
Regarding the potential transfer fee, the report mentioned that Leverkusen tuned down a £82million bid from Bayern Munich for Havertz last summer and they unsurprisingly value him even higher now.
However, Havertz has only two years remaining in his contract, and Chelsea are reportedly the only team capable of paying for such a transfer fee at the moment.
Along with Havertz’s wish to play for the Blues, these have put Chelsea in a rather strong negotiating position.