Premier League side Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Havertz’s string of impressive performances for both Leverkusen and Germany have put the 21-year-old on the radar of some of Europe’s top teams.
Chelsea have long been linked with a move for the seven-cap midfielder with reports hinting that the Blues have a clear path to signing Havertz.
And now the Daily Telegraph claims that Chelsea ‘are ready to step up their pursuit of Kai Havertz’ – who is set to play in the German Cup final over the weekend – and ‘German sources believe Chelsea will make a bid for the 21-year-old once he has played in Saturday’s final’.
The chances of the Blues signing Havertz this summer have been ‘boosted by Leverkusen missing out on Champions League qualification’ with the Blues ready to ‘fight hard’ for the attacker.
Reports have claimed that the asking price for Havertz will be around £90m but the Daily Telegraph goes on to say that Chelsea ‘will hope to negotiate a deal some way under that price’.
Speaking recently on Chelsea’s reported interest in Havertz, Frank Lampard said: “No, no bids have gone in.
“He’s obviously a top player, but I’m certainly not going to comment on other players at other teams. And it cannot be our focus. So, nothing to say.”