CHELSEA are finally set to sign Kai Havertz after agreeing to Bayer Leverkusen’s £90million transfer fee, according to reports.
The Blues have been chasing the German hotshot, 21, all summer.
And after Roman Abramovich gave the green light to a £150m splurge, Chelsea have convinced Bayer Leverkusen to sell.
According to reports in Germany, the deal is worth £90m plus add-ons – easily the club’s record buy, beating Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £71.6m move from Athletic Bilbao.
Havertz will sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge, according to Bild expert Christian Falk.
Falk tweeted: “Leverkusen will soon accept Chelsea’s offer for @kaihavertz29.
“The transfer is perfect.
“5 years contract for Havertz. Total Transfer fee 100 Mio Euro including adds on.”
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller insisted the move was “not imminent” but refused to rule out the switch.
Chelsea have already spent £48m on striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, plus £36m on Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech.
But Frank Lampard is itching to continue his squad overhaul this summer and will have been buoyed by his £150m cash injection.
The Blues are thought to be on the brink of completing a £50m move for Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell.
And Lampard also wants West Ham star Declan Rice – suggesting he would form half of a new centre-back pairing, rather than playing in his preferred defensive midfield spot.
Chelsea hope to secure a deal for around £45m for Rice, rather than stumping up for his £90m valuation.
In order to raise the extra money needed to sign Rice, the Blues are likely to hold a firesale.
The likes of Marcos Alonso, Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Emerson Palmieri are all expected to be axed this summer.