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Chelsea evening headlines as wonderkid signs new deal and Upamecano tipped for Blues transfer

Here are your Chelsea evening headlines for Tuesday, August 18.

Chelsea tipped to sign RB Leipzig defender

In need of a centre-back, Chelsea have been tipped to sign Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig after the Frenchman produced a brilliant individual performance against Atletico Madrid and Diego Costa in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy, speaking on talkSPORT , said: “Largely, you look at the two squads, they went into [the quarter-final] as second-favourites, especially losing Timo Werner as well.

“You’ve got some big names, some household names in football in the Atleti team but I have to say, the boy at the back, Upamecano, what a performance.

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“I was looking at him thinking, as the game was developing, ‘This was the first time I’ve had a close look at your game,’ and I was watching him and he was just immense.

“I was thinking: ‘Chelsea could do with him’.”

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Leverkusen’s Havertz message

Amid extensive links with Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz will not make the switch to Stamford Bridge this summer if the Blues do not meet the German’s £90million valuation, per reports.

According to the London Evening Standard , Leverkusen are holding firm on their £90m demand and will not accept anything less for their star attacking midfielder.

After already adding Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, Frank Lampard is keen to add Havertz as he continues to retool his offensive unit.

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However, finances are proving problematic after already spending more than £80m on Werner and Ziyech, and also having expensive deals for Ben Chilwell and Declan Rice lined up.

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have pulled back from a potential deal, giving Chelsea a clean run at Havertz, but Leverkusen reportedly say…

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