Chelsea boss Lampard set to sell players to complete Havertz transfer and other signings
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is looking to sell numerous players as the Blues edge closer to a deal for Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz. Chelsea have already wrapped up a couple of signings ahead of the summer transfer window.
Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech has already joined, with the Blues also agreeing a fee for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Havertz could be Lampard’s next signing after Chelsea were handed a key transfer boost in their pursuit of the German.
The German side are demanding around £90m for the playmaker, however, Chelsea are hoping to strike a cheaper deal.
Lampard is also looking at selling players to fund the deal – and even more summer additions.
Emerson Palmieri will likely be sold in a £30m deal, with Juventus and Inter Milan keen on the left-back.
Kurt Zouma could be another departure.
The French defender is a target for former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho is keen to sure up his Tottenham defence and is eyeing a reunion with the centre-back.
Chelsea are more likely to land Havertz if they secure Champions League football for next season.
The Blues are currently third in the Premier League after their 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
Chelsea lead Leicester in fourth by one point, while Manchester United can close the gap on the pair on Thursday if they beat Aston Villa.
A lot has been made of Chelsea’s interest in Havertz, with former Blues defender Craig Burley claiming it makes sense for Lampard to try and sign the German.
“You can’t have enough good players,” he said.
“It would be a statement of intent to go out and get one of Europe’s most exciting young talents.
“It does fit with the narrative that Chelsea and Lampard are going down.
“They are looking to sign younger players with sell-on value but who can also produce the goods now.
“If they get Werner, he can play wide or through the middle. Havertz is flexible as well. They may be a little top-heavy, in terms of their forward line.
“But it would be a statement from [Roman] Abramovich to say, ‘we’ve given you Werner and we also want Havertz, one of the brightest talents in European football’.”