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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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