Chelsea are on the verge of completing a club record £90million deal for No 1 summer target Kai Havertz.
Sportsmail revealed the Blues’ interest in the 21-year-old German attacking midfielder on June 8 — and the club are now close to getting their man.
Roman Abramovich’s summer splurge will not end there, with Chelsea also poised to complete the free transfer of 35-year-old defender Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain this week before wrapping up a £50m deal for England left back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.
But it is the signing of Bayer Leverkusen star Havertz that will reverberate across Europe, given his standing as one of the best young players on the continent.
Negotiations between the two clubs have been ongoing for several weeks but took a significant step forward over the past 48 hours with officials verbally agreeing a £90m total fee.
Chelsea will pay a guaranteed £71.8m to Leverkusen, with the rest made up of performance-related bonuses.
Formally agreeing personal terms is unlikely to be an issue, with Havertz set to earn a minimum of £130,000-a-week on a five-year-deal.
Those wages will increase if he meets bonus targets.
Chelsea will also move to conclude their surprise signing of PSG centre back Silva this week.
The Blues are very close to capturing the Brazilian on a two-year deal after the conclusion of PSG’s Champions League campaign on Sunday.
Chilwell’s transfer is also progressing with Chelsea awaiting an update on the player’s heel injury before closing the protracted deal.