Chelsea are looking to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. Chelsea are looking to sell six players to fund a swoop for Bayer Leverkusen sensation Kai Havertz.
The Germany international has emerged as one of the Blues’ top targets after a brilliant campaign in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea have made an explosive start to the summer transfer window by adding Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to their ranks.
An initial €40million (£36m) deal was agreed with Ajax for Ziyech in February while Werner’s arrival from RB Leipzig was confirmed after triggering his release clause last month.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is willing to back Frank Lampard after an encouraging maiden campaign in the Stamford Bridge dugout but the club want to clear deadwood to make room for Havertz, who is valued at £90m by Leverkusen.
Express Sport understands Marcos Alonso, Michy Batshuayi, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy and Danny Drinkwater are among the players who are likely to be shipped out.
Emerson Palmieri is the sixth man on the list and Inter Milan have opened talks with Chelsea about signing the Italy international.
Chelsea have received a couple of boosts in their bid to make Havertz their third signing of the summer.
Leverkusen have admitted they have an “agreement” in place with the 21-year-old to sanction a transfer should they receive a suitable offer.
“We have our ideas, we know what he can do,” the club’s managing director Rudi Voller admitted.
“I personally hope that he stays one more year.
“We have an agreement: if it fits, he can go this summer.”
Chelsea’s transfer rivals Bayern Munich have also cooled their interest due to the sums involved.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “We have a really big financial challenge ahead of us.
“Even if we wanted the player, we could not finance it this year.”
Havertz chipped in with 12 goals and six assists in 30 Bundesliga appearances this term.
He struck a last-minute penalty in last night’s 4-2 defeat to Bayern in the DFB-Pokal final.
Leverkusen will be back in action next month when the Europa League restarts – and Voller expects Havertz to still be on their books.
“Maybe I’m too old-fashioned or romantic: But for me it is a matter of course that a player ends the season!” No matter when it ends,” he said.
“There is no discussion at all for me to consider: ‘Could I possibly hurt myself – or take a little vacation’. Then some should have withdrawn two months ago.
“Regardless of whether it’s Europa League or Champions League, if it is wanted by the player, the receiving and releasing club: I couldn’t understand if a player didn’t want to.”
Chelsea’s other leading transfer target is Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell.
Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico and Alex Telles of Porto are alternative options.