Chelsea director of football Marina Granovskaia has ‘entered official negotiations’ with Bayer Leverkusen over a transfer for Kai Havertz, according to reports.
The Blues have made the talented winger their priority focus since wrapping up deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
And according to German publication Bild, Granovskaia is now in talks with Leverkusen chiefs Rudi Voller and Fernando Carro over a deal.
Havertz has made it clear to his club he wants to join Chelsea with personal terms already agreed.
It now remains for Granovskaia to agree a deal with the Bundesliga club with the two parties still a way apart in their valuations.
Kai Havertz is keen on a move to Stamford Bridge
Havertz won’t come cheap with the report suggesting the total deal will cost €200m (£180m), with €100m (£90m) in wages and a €100m transfer fee.
But it seems owner Roman Abramovich is ready to pay whatever it takes to land the 21-year-old with Bild, via Sport Witness, claiming he is viewed as a ‘dream signing’ for him and Frank Lampard.
Marina Granovskaia is working hard to sign Kai Havertz for Frank Lampard and Roman Abramovich
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While it’s known the Blues need to strengthen in defence they know they have to act now on Havertz if they want to avoid competition for his signature next summer.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United midfielder and BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves has backed Chelsea’s pursuit of the Germany international.
“He’s a really good player,” the former midfielder said on BT Sport.
“He’s a great young player, but they have a lot of those great young players.
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