Chelsea begin Kai Havertz talks with Bayer Leverkusen, join the race for Dayot Upamecano

Chelsea have reportedly begun negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen over a potential summer deal for German attacker Kai Havertz.

The 20-year-old has been in impressive form for Leverkusen during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 16 times and registering nine assists in 41 appearances.

A number of clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, have been credited with an interest in the Germany international ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

However, according to The Athletic, Chelsea are at the head of the queue and have recently opened talks with Leverkusen over a proposed transfer.

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The report, though, claims that Havertz’s £90m price tag could prove problematic for Frank Lampard’s side, who have already tied up a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The attacker, who has a contract at BayArena until June 2022, has scored seven times in his eight Bundesliga appearances for Die Werkself.

Chelsea join the race for Dayot Upamecano

Chelsea are reportedly considering launching a move for RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

The 21-year-old’s existing deal with his German club is due to expire next summer, and it is understood that he can be signed for a fee in the region of £53m before the end of June.

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A recent report claimed that Arsenal had beaten Manchester United to the signature of the France Under-21 international, who has made 27 Bundesliga appearances during the 2019-20 campaign.

However, according to The Athletic, the defender’s future is still up in the air, and Chelsea could attempt to bring him to Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Frank Lampard’s side, who are back in league action against the champions Manchester City on Thursday, have already agreed a deal with Leipzig to sign German forward Timo Werner this summer.

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Versatile attacker Hakim Ziyech will also arrive at the club in the coming weeks as the Blues attempt to put together a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title next season.

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