Chelsea behind the scenes: Timeframe on Timo Werner transfer, Kai Havertz latest, James’ future

In just under a week’s time, the 2019/20 Premier League campaign is set to spring back into action, with the coronavirus shutdown period almost having reached its conclusion.

For Chelsea, who are currently in the driving seat to secure the final Champions League place this season, the restart will see them travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa, as Frank Lampard’s side look to continue their drive towards a top-four finish.

In the absence of match-action over the last three months, transfer news, rumours and gossip has taken over in its absence, and it is fair to say that it hasn’t been in short supply as far as Chelsea are concerned.

The Blues have already secured one new signing ahead of next season in the shape of Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech, who agreed to make a move to Stamford Bridge back in February, and they are hopeful that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner will follow him.

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Play now understands that the Blues are “highly confident” of triggering the £53million release clause in Werner’s contract before it expires on Monday, June 15.

As well as being hopeful of securing a deal to land Werner’s signature, Chelsea are also being heavily linked with Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, who is high on the Blues’ radar ahead of the forthcoming transfer window, as well as Jadon Sancho and Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell.

And with plenty of excitement building amongst Chelsea’s supporters ahead of the next transfer window and the resumption of the Premier League campaign, even though the club’s supporters will not be allowed to attend any of the Blues’ matches, our Chelsea correspondent, Oliver Harbord, gave his thoughts on some of the big talking points at Stamford Bridge right now, including the future of Havertz, during a Q&A with fans on Thursday, as he was asked questions on topics ranging from the Havertz…


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