Petr Cech to lead Kai Havertz transfer talks & West Ham could sign 2 Chelsea players for Declan Rice

Petr Cech to lead Kai Havertz transfer talks

Chelsea seem to be inching towards the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

On Monday, the Athletic reported that Chelsea were closing in on completing the deal for the 21-year-old German playmaker.

That report has been rubber-stamped on Tuesday by the Times, as reporter Gary Jacob announces that “Chelsea have edged closer to securing Kai Havertz”.

Like the Athletic reported yesterday, the Times announced that Real Madrid are no longer in the race to sign Havertz as they lack the funds.

So how do Chelsea plan to get the deal over the line?

Usually, Chelsea’s transfers are conducted by Marina Granovskaia. However, the Times claim that Petr Cech is expected to lead the negotiations to complete the Havertz deal:

The German club are expecting to hold talks in person with Petr Cech, the Chelsea technical and performance adviser, after the Premier League season ends on Sunday. 


Kai Havertz’s transfer fee: How much are Bayer Leverkusen demanding?

Once again on Tuesday, the issue of Kai Havertz’s price tag is analysed.

A week ago, Sport Bild’s head of football, Christian Falk, claimed that Bayer were looking to sell Havertz for 100 million euros.

Yesterday, the Athletic shaved 20 million euros off of Havertz’s asking price. Readers were told:

Sources have indicated (that Havertz’s transfer fee) will most probably be about €80 million after add-ons, whether that takes the form of €65 million plus €15 million, €70 million plus €10 million or a similar arrangement around that region. 

Today, the Times indicate that Chelsea and Bayer still haven’t reached any agreement on the possible fee:

Chelsea seem to be offering less than £70 million plus bonuses and would pay in instalments, which is lower than the £90 million demanded by Bayer Leverkusen.


More Kai Havertz updates

News of Kai Havertz’s possible move to Chelsea also appears in Tuesday’s Guardian.

The Guardian report that Chelsea have already discussed a 5-year deal with the German international.

Also, Chelsea fans are told that “there is growing confidence that Havertz will become the latest player to seal a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.”

On the timing of any deal for Havertz, that’s unclear.

This week Italian transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano, has claimed that the Havertz deal needs time, while the ball is firmly in Chelsea’s court.

Yet, the Times suggest that Bayer Leverkusen are unwilling to complete the deal before their 2019-20 Europa League campaign ends:

Leverkusen have stressed to Havertz and Chelsea that they are counting on him playing for them in their Europa League campaign next month. They hold a 3-1 lead over Rangers from the first leg of the last-16 tie.


West Ham could sign 2 Chelsea players for Declan Rice

Also in the Times, there’s an update on Chelsea’s attempts to sign Declan Rice from West Ham.

It’s previously been reported that Chelsea view Rice as their new John Terry.

Moreover, Rice knows the Chelsea system well having grown up in the Blues academy.

Times reporter Gary Jacob has revealed that Chelsea are willing to offer two players to West Ham in exchange for Rice:

The west London club are willing to offer Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi to West Ham United as part of a swap deal for the England midfielder.

While not specifically detailed by the Times, it seems that Chelsea would be unwilling to offer any cash in the deal.

However, on the likelihood of this ‘2 for 1’ deal coming to fruition, it seems doubtful. West Ham are reportedly uninterested in the current proposal:

Chelsea have faced resistance to try to re-sign Rice. West Ham do not want to sell the midfielder and are said not to be interested in Barkley or Batshuayi.


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Michy Batshuayi isn’t too keen on West Ham

Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur has also noted that Michy Batshuayi has rejected the opportunity to join West Ham previously.

The sense is that Batshuayi may reject any proposal to join the Hammers.


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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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