Chelsea have contacted Bayer Leverkusen over the signing young sensation, Kai Havertz this summer and hope to field the Germany winger next season alongside Timo Werner, who has already agreed to join from RB Leipzig.
Havertz, rated as one of the best young stars in the Bundesliga, is being seriously pursued by several top clubs, and Chelsea are expected to face competition from Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Real Madrid.
Frank Lampard is intentional about reshaping his forward line and he wants to add the 20-year-old, even though Chelsea are on the brink of a £53m deal for Werner and have already signed Hakim Ziyech for £37m from Ajax.
Chelsea know there is serious ground to make up on Liverpool and Manchester City after going two windows without signings and have seen an opportunity to make decisive early moves while rivals are deciding how much to spend following the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. It might be a cautious market this summer and if Bayern, United, and Real delay over Havertz, the trail might be clear for Lampard to maneuver his way in.
Arranging a deal for Havertz isn’t expected to be an easy ride for Chelsea, with reports in Germany suggesting that Leverkusen could hold out for as high as €100m (£89m) for a player who has scored five goals in four games since the Bundesliga resumed last month. Chelsea, who are also interested in the Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, have held early talks with Leverkusen and would hope to negotiate a fee in the region of £70m.
Lampard has complained about his side’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal this season. He was heavily involved in the pursuit of Werner, whose £53m release clause expires next week, and has seen Chelsea struggle in the creative department since selling Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for £105m last summer.
With Pedro set to join Roma on a free transfer and Willian yet to extend a deal that runs out on 30 June, Lampard will have room in the wide areas. Havertz, who made his Leverkusen debut at the age of 17, would offer injection of youthful quality.
Chelsea’s first game back in the premier league is at Aston Villa on 21 June.