Date published: Thursday 18th June 2020 10:22
Chelsea seem to be out in front in the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has been on fire for Bayer Leverkusen this season, scoring 15 goals and providing eight assists, leading him to be one of the hottest prospects in European football.
There have been reports that Chelsea have held talks over a deal for the Germany international – who wants to leave Leverkusen – but that the Premier League club are far from the only interested outfit.
A report yesterday claimed that the Blues owner Roman Abramovich – who is prepared to pay €100m – has even ‘personally contacted Havertz on the phone to make the new “Chelsea Project” palatable’.
Despite that, it is understood that the London club still face huge competition for his signature from the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The Daily Telegraph reckons Chelsea have sensed ‘an opportunity’ to get Havertz now with Man Utd pursuing ‘other high-profile targets such as Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish’ while Real Madrid’s ‘spending plans are unclear’.
And SportBild claim that Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race for Havertz as they concentrate all their efforts on signing Leroy Sane from Manchester City.