Kai Havertz has agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea as the Bayer Leverkusen hot shot moves closer to a summer switch to the Premier League club, according to RMC Sport.
The 21-year-old is one of the most sought-after talents in Europe, having shone for the Bundesliga club since making his debut in the 2016-17 campaign.
Chelsea have been the frontrunners for Havertz’s signature, with Frank Lampard keen to add the youngster to a forward line that will include Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech next season.
And according to RMC Sport, Havertz wants to join the west London club, and has agreed personal terms on a five-year deal to make the switch to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Chelsea and Leverkusen still have to thrash out negotiations over a fee for the 21-year-old, with the Germans unwilling to lower their £90m valuation of the attacker.
The Blues remain optimistic, though, that a deal can be done in the coming days, with staggered payments preferable for the club, given the financial uncertainties inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller insisted this week that there would be no ‘covid discount’ for the club’s most prized asset, with the German outfit determined to stick to their guns on his price.
‘We know of the interest of a couple of clubs, especially Chelsea, but for us, the situation is quite simple; he has a two-year contract, if anyone wants him on our terms, fine, otherwise he stays here another year and we are happy,’ Voller told Gazzetta dello Sport.
‘It won’t be easy, but for an artist like him there is no Covid discount.’
Havertz has scored 17 goals in all competitions for Leverkusen, and helped the side advance to the Europa League quarter finals with a 4-1 aggregate win over Rangers on Thursday.
The 21-year-old’s versatility and willingness to play across a number of forward positions only adds to his value, with Voller describing him as a mixture of Michael Ballack and Mesut Ozil.
Frank Lampard has already splashed a combined total of £90million on Ziyech and Werner and would need to break Chelsea’s transfer record to bring Havertz to London as he looks to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.