Chelsea Transfer News: Chelsea close to sealing Havertz deal
Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Kai Havertz, according to The Athletic.
The Blues were the only club willing to the asking price. The Blues are reportedly ready to spend €80m after add-ons to land the Bayer Leverkusen man, who is nearing an agreement on personal terms ahead of a move to Stamford Bridge.
Havertz’s camp are reportedly waiting for a short period to see if other potential moves emerge, but as things stand it is a one-horse race.
Chelsea Transfer News: Willian to sign only 3 years new contract as Arsenal and Tottenham waiting for the call
Chelsea winger Willian says he would ‘sign the contract tomorrow’ if the club offered him a new three-year deal, as time runs out on his spell in West London.
Willian started and played 80 minutes of Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United, with the 31-year-old having remained a key part of the first team with 46 appearances for Chelsea this season under Frank Lampard.
But Chelsea’s longstanding protocol of limiting the contracts of players over 30 looks set to see the Brazilian leave.
For years the Blues would only sanction one-year extensions to players over 30, a policy that was changed when David Luiz (then 31) signing a two-year extension.
It’s the same situation for Willian, 31, and he remains determined to get a three-year contract, even if it means leaving Stamford Bridge.
Asked by Brazilian Youtube channel De Sola whether he would extend his deal at Chelsea, Willian said: “Chelsea only offered me two years and I asked for three. My goal in the next contract is to sign for three years, so I haven’t had a deal with Chelsea yet.
“This is what I asked the club for, three years of contract. If you give me that, I’ll get the pen and sign the contract tomorrow.”
Willian has been linked with a reunion with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourihno at Tottenham.
Mourinho wanted to sign Willian while at Manchester United, and the Brazilian famously snubbed Spurs before joining Chelsea back in 2013.
Arsenal have also been linked with a deal.
“There are rumours about several teams that may be interested,” he continued.
“For the time being, I have had no concrete proposal. But rumours always arise. I’m waiting. My agent hasn’t given me any news yet. I’m waiting for his call.”
Chelsea would reportedly be prepared to sell French midfielder N’Golo
Kante this summer, providing that they receive an offer in the region of €60m (£54.5m).
The 29-year-old has struggled with injuries this season and has not featured in his team’s last three Premier League matches, while a hamstring issue also saw him miss out against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday night.
Kante still has three years left to run on his contract with the Blues but various reports have suggested that the 2018 World Cup winner could be set for a move away from the club.
According to reports in Spain, Chelsea’s summer business, which has already seen them sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, means that they are open to the midfielder leaving ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Blues allegedly value the France international in the region of €60m (£54.5m), and Real Madrid are said to be keeping a close eye on developments as they weigh up a move.
Barcelona and Inter Milan have also been credited with an interest in the two-time Premier League title winner