Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Kai Havertz with the overall package costing them a huge €200m, according to reports.
Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro admitted on Saturday that Havertz wanted to take the ‘next step’ in his career amid links with Chelsea.
Speaking to German newspaper Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger, Carro said: “It has always been clear that there will be talks once the Europa League is over for us. Still, there is no formal offer yet.
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“Kai has told us about his desire to make the next step. Whether that can be materialised soon, I can’t say at the moment.”
Chelsea have been strongly linked with the 21-year-old, who is currently one of the brightest prospects in Europe.
It seems that Havertz is wanting to push through a move to the Premier League in search of both domestic and continental success.
Reports had claimed that Chelsea are yet to make a formal bid as talks continue to focus around the transfer fee.
However, a breakthrough seems to be edging closer as SportBild (via Sport Witness) detail talks after Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia begun ‘official negotiations’ with Leverkusen.
The playmaker’s ‘wish’ is to join Chelsea with Havertz insistent that he makes the transfer ‘as quickly as possible’ in order to ‘get used to the team, the club and the environment in London’.
Chelsea are now in a ‘hot phase’ of negotiations with the overall cost of the package for Havertz set to cost them €200m, with half that amount for wages and half for the transfer fee.
Granovskaia is offering €80m, which is €20m short of Leverkusen’s asking price, and the report claims the difference is set to be made up in instalments and add-ons.
SportBild adds: ‘As a rule, this works with contractually guaranteed special payments that are spread over the next few years.’
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