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Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz mounts pressure on Bayer Leverkusen to complete move

Kai Havertz is reportedly continuing to push for a move to Chelsea as Bayer Leverkusen stand firm on his valuation. The 21-year-old told club bosses he wishes to leave after they failed to qualify for next year’s Champions League.

Leverkusen finished fifth in the Bundesliga table which made up Havertz’s mind that it is time to move on.

Chelsea have been negotiating with the German club for a number of weeks and are edging closer to agreeing a fee.

The Blues do not want to spend more than £70million – but that is £20m less than his price tag.

Personal terms will apparently not be an issue as the versatile midfielder has already agreed to pen a five-year contract.

Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia is working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the deal over the lines.

And transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has explained that Havertz is also taking action from his end to try and secure a switch.

“Havertz still pushing to join Chelsea – talks on between #CFC and Bayer Leverkusen,” he tweeted.

Leverkusen do not want to let their star leave until after the completion of the Europa League.

The German club take on Rangers in the second leg of their last-16 tie this week, in which they have a 3-1 lead.

Chelsea will have a clear run at signing Havertz after Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeness admitted his side were out of the picture.

“I am sure that after Leroy Sane there will be no major transfers this year,” Hoeness told German newspaper FAZ.

“That has nothing to do with the quality of Havertz. We all think he is a very, very good player.

“But in the Corona period after a transfer of almost 50 million, one of 70, 80 million or more I can’t imagine making unless we secure counter-financing through player sales.”

Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has acknowledged the interest in his star but when asked when a deal may be completed, he said: “I couldn’t say.

“Perhaps the crucial call will come today, maybe next week, maybe not at all.”

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