Chelsea interest in Kai Havertz takes fresh twist as star sets transfer deadline
Leverkusen appear to have accepted that the 21-year-old wants to take the next step in his career.
Chelsea are among a host of European powerhouses who are keeping close tabs on the Germany international.
Frank Lampard is looking to get his summer business done early and has already captured Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
If Leverkusen’s £70million valuation is met then Havertz will be allowed to leave.
But German publication Bild claim the versatile attacker is open to remaining with his current club for another year.
However, he wants a transfer to be sorted for 2021 so he does not have another 12 months of speculation.
Lampard has yet to make a formal approach for Havertz, and Bundesliga icon Own Hargreaves thinks the Leverkusen ace should remain with his current set-up.
“I think he [Lampard] might have to join the queue,” Hargreaves said.
“Everyone is in that queue, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Man Utd.
“Kai Havertz is the real deal, he’s only 21 but he’s the quickest ever to score 25 goals in the Bundesliga.
“He can play as a false number nine, as a number ten or on the right side. His raw game is amazing.
“He’s been described as a combination between Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil, that’s some combination.
“I’m sure Chelsea would love to have him, but they’ve got a lot of players there.
“Maybe that money they didn’t spend in the transfer ban, they’re ready to spend.
“Whoever gets Kai Havertz is getting a really special player, that’s for sure.”
Lampard is also chasing a number of other option including Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell.
However, the Foxes are in a comfortable position and will only sell the defender for a substantial fee.