LIVE Transfer Talk: Havertz next in at Chelsea if Leverkusen have to drop €100m


The coronavirus pandemic has made the summer transfer window uncertain, but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond.

TOP STORY: Havertz next in at Chelsea if Leverkusen have to drop €100m price

Chelsea have been busy in the transfer market already and announced a €53m deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner on Thursday.

But the Blues aren’t done yet. Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz is reportedly next on their shopping list, with the German club asking for €100m.

Havertz evidently ‘liked’ a tweet from a fan to Chelsea’s account saying “announce Havertz,” which has ramped up speculation, while Leverkusen could be forced to drop their asking price by at least €20m if they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The club are fourth, one point ahead of Gladbach, for the final UCL position and it could be an expensive mistake if they can’t cement it by the end of the season, according to Football.London.

Chelsea rate Havertz at closer to €80m anyway, so this one could work out if they can find a place to put him in their new XI.

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09.16 BST: ICYMI – La Liga side Celta Vigo have brought Spanish forward Nolito back from Sevilla to help their battle against relegation after taking advantage of a rule which allows clubs to sign players outside of a transfer window under special circumstances.

Champions Barcelona used the same rule to sign striker Martin Braithwaite in February from Leganes after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for more than five months due to a hamstring rupture that required surgery.

08.52 BST: ESPN’s Insider Notebook is back again and has some of the latest transfer news. Including:

– The transfer window might be closed, but deadline day still looms large and a frantic few days of contract negotiations are ahead for top clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.

– Manchester United are surprised at reports in Germany that Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham has chosen to sign for Borussia Dortmund because of assurances over playing time.

Arthur Melo has enlisted the help of a personal trainer and a nutritionist as he battles to prove his worth to Barcelona. The Brazilian midfielder has been offered to Juventus in exchange for Miralem Pjanic, but he has rejected the chance to move to Turin. Instead, he has said he wants to stay and fight for his future at Barca, whom he joined from Gremio in 2018 for around €30m.

– PSG lost rising star Tanguy Kouassi to Bayern Munich because they couldn’t compete with the terms presented by his agents, Hakim Hamouche, Mounir El Maoujoudi and Yohan Fontaine.

08.00 BST: It’s no secret that Chivas striker Jose Juan Macias wants to move to Europe and a cancelled news conference on Thursday sparked rumours that it could be close, with sources telling ESPN’s Omar Flores that “it’s being worked on.”

Macias has interest from France and Germany, according to Flores, with the club on record saying that it won’t hold the 20-year-old back should…



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