Here are your Chelsea morning headlines for Wednesday, June 10.
Bayer Leverkusen director: We haven’t given up hope of keeping Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz could remain a Bayer Leverkusen player next season and the club are hopeful of fending off interest, according to their sporting director Rudi Voller.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing the German star, making him their third summer signing after Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, who looks to be on the verge of a move to Stamford Bridge.
But despite several big clubs keen on Havertz, including Bayern Munich and Liverpool, Voller thinks Leverkusen are in “a good position.”
“We haven’t given up hope that he’ll stay with us,” Voller told ARD, per the Daily Star .
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“We try to give him every possibility that he can call up his qualities. He did an outstanding job in the second half of the season.”
Havertz has contributed 11 goals and five assists in the Bundesliga this season.
Chelsea’s odds of signing Havertz slashed after club open talks
Chelsea are now joint-favourite to sign Havertz this summer after reports emerged that the club have begun talks on a potential £70million transfer.
The odds were slashed from 4/1 to 6/4 by 888 Sport , making the Blues joint-favourites to secure his signature alongside Bayern Munich.
Bayern have been the favourites for some time, and indeed Havertz is said to prefer a move to the German giants, according to a report by Sky Germany in April .
Nevertheless, Chelsea’s direct enquiry to Leverkusen, as reported by The Guardian , has seen the betting market shift.
“After reports of a £70m bid from Chelsea, we’ve cut the odds of him moving to West London this summer,” an 888 spokesman said.
“With Frank Lampard previously hamstrung by Chelsea’s transfer ban, he has…