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Report: Chelsea open talks on $93 million Kai Havertz transfer

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Chelsea have opened talks on a $93 million transfer for Kai Havertz, as the German star looks set to become the next big-name arrival at Stamford Bridge.

After securing Champions League qualification on the final day of the season, and the huge cash windfall which comes with it, Frank Lampard will now get to spend even more on reshaping the Chelsea squad.

A report from Sky Sport journalist Fabrizio Romano says that Chelsea are speeding up negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen, as Havertz has agreed personal terms with the Blues and is waiting to sign his contract.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are already on board for next season and the arrival of Havertz would add so much firepower to their attack with Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and potentially Willian also around.

Of course, Chelsea are trying to push through deals for a new goalkeeper and at least one new center back and left back, as Lampard knows his team are good enough going forward but need plenty of help defensively.

That said, Chelsea have created so many chances this season (second most in the Premier League behind only Man City) and have failed to be clinical. Hence the extra impetus on bringing in attacking players.

Kai Havertz to Chelsea has been rumbling on for quite some time now but with the transfer window now open and Champions League action secured for next season, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United will be pushing ahead to sign stars as soon as possible as there are just 46 days until the 2020-21 Premier League season kicks off.

In the case of Chelsea, they are one of a handful of clubs who have money to spend and it will be a busy summer of ins and outs at Stamford Bridge as Lampard exceeded all expectations in his first 12 months in charge and he will be rewarded by bringing in elite players from across Europe.

Havertz is at the top of the list.

Report: Havertz agrees to $91 million Chelsea transfer

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The latest Kai Havertz to Chelsea update has arrived and it’s a good one if you’re a fan of the Blues.

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A report from Sky Italy states that Kai Havertz, 21, has agreed terms on a move to Chelsea and the Premier League side are the only club interested in paying $91 million to sign him from Bayer Leverkusen.

Per the report, Chelsea will make the bid in the coming days and Havertz has made it clear that he wants to join the west London club.

Frank Lampard was asked about the possible move for Havertz ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool on Wednesday (start time, 3:15pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) and this was his response.

“I’m not talking about Kai Havertz,” Lampard laughed. “I’ve said before, he’s a player of another team. Looking at the game tomorrow, which is so huge for this club, the last thing I want to do is talk about players for other teams.”

The German international has been in superb form during the 2019-20 season and is still scheduled to play for Leverkusen in the remaining rounds of the UEFA Europa League.

Bayern Munich, Manchester United and many others have been linked with moves for Havertz but it appears that the attacking midfielder has his heart set on a move to Chelsea.

Frank Lampard has already signed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech for a combined total of $103 million and with Willian and Pedro to leave on free transfers this summer, Chelsea have freshened up their attack considerably.

Chelsea know they have plenty of restructuring to do when it comes to their defensive players but Havertz, Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech, Abraham, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley and Mount in attack is a scary and vast array of options in the attacking third of the pitch.

Havertz can play centrally or out wide and is best drifting around off a central striker. Having Havertz and Pulisic feeding Werner chances will have Chelsea fans drooling over their afternoon beers on Monday as it seems like the move for the German youngster is edging closer.

If Chelsea somehow manage a top four finish, FA Cup triumph and a shock comeback against Bayern Munich in the Champions League (probably not, but who knows!?) then Lampard will have had an incredible first season in charge of the Blues.

Report: Kai Havertz gives Chelsea transfer boost

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A report states there is a Kai Havertz to Chelsea update, as he has let potential suitors, including the Blues, know that qualifying for the Champions League isn’t a must when it comes to a future transfer this summer.

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According to the BBC, the Bayer Leverkusen and Germany star has given Chelsea a boost as he would rather join a club which has a long-term project which excites rather than base his entire decision on Champions League action.

Havertz, 21, is valued at over $125 million by Leverkusen and Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have all been linked with the attacking midfielder who scored 17 times this season as Bayer just missed out on Champions League action as they finished fifth in the Bundesliga.

Chelsea are one of the few clubs who are actively buying players and seem to be interested in plenty of top talents across Europe as Frank Lampard tries to add quality to his Chelsea side who are limping towards the finish line in the top four battle in the Premier League. With three games to go they sit in third but are just one point ahead of fifth-place Manchester United.

An update that Havertz isn’t too bothered about being in the Champions League next season will be a relief for Chelsea but financially they may not be able to do the deal for the versatile attacker if they don’t have Champions League money coming in next season.

With Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech arriving for a combined total of $105 million for next season, Lampard has strengthened his attack considerably but clearly wants more firepower.

Pedro will leave this summer, with Willian also expected to leave, so that leaves Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Ross Barkley, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud as the other attacking options at Chelsea.

It is clear Lampard needs to strengthen his defense too with a new goalkeeper, left back and center back on his wish-list, but he is a huge fan of Havertz who can play centrally or out wide and has incredible composure in the final third.

Imagine a front four of Ziyech and Pulisic on the wing with Havertz in-behind Werner?

Now, that would be great but Chelsea should probably focus on signing some new defensive players too…

Transfer news: Havertz to Chelsea; Ozil to MLS

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In the latest transfer news the latest update on Kai Havertz to Chelsea has arrived, while Mesut Ozil could be heading to MLS.

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Starting in west London, Kai Havertz, 21, has reportedly said he wants to join Chelsea and has handed in a transfer request to Bayer Leverkusen.

The German attacker is valued at $113 million by Leverkusen and although that transfer fee may be a little high for Chelsea, it is clear that Havertz will be worth it.

Per multiple reports, Havertz wants to join new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech in reshaping the Chelsea attack and is ready to hand in a transfer request to make it happen.

Frank Lampard has revealed his admiration for Havertz and if Chelsea can pull this deal off, their attack is set. The big problem for Chelsea is in defense as they continue to make silly mistakes at the back but with Werner and Ziyech arriving, plus Havertz on the way and Christian Pulisic in fine form, this Chelsea attack will be lethal next season.

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Heading to north London, Mesut Ozil could be heading to MLS according to a report from The Sun.

Ozil, 31, has one year left on his huge contract at Arsenal but continues to be on the outside looking in when it comes to Mikel Arteta’s plans.

According to the report, Ozil will see out the remaining year of his contract at Arsenal and will then move to either MLS or Turkey. He has told close friends those are the two places he wants to play next.

Could we see Ozil in MLS next summer? I could.

His talent is undoubted but his career is fizzling out at Arsenal and in the Premier League. He earns over $440,000 per week and can’t even get off the bench for the Gunners.

Bayern Munich wins record 20th German Cup (video)

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Bayern Munich was hardly bothered in securing a record 20th German Cup via a 4-2 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin on Saturday.

The team with the second-most German Cups is Werder Bremen, who has won six times. Bayern has won 10 times this century including the last two.

The Bundesliga champions scored twice in the first half-hour and twice held three-goal leads in what was Bayer’s first German Cup final since a 2009 loss to Bremen.

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David Alaba and Serge Gnabry scored the early goals and Robert Lewandowski scored twice to round out the victor’s scoring.

The first goal of the Polish star’s brace came from a long pass from Manuel Neuer and a shot flubbed by Bayer keeper Lucas Hradecky.

Sven Bender and Kai Havertz scored for Bayer, the latter goal coming deep in stoppage time.

Here’s Alaba’s terrific quickly-taken free kick goal to open the scoring.