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Havertz agrees contract with Chelsea as Lampard closes in on third signing

Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz has reportedly reached an agreement over a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are confident of finalising the transfer over the coming days.

Frank Lampard has set out his stall in the wake of Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban, with Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and Leipzig’s Timo Werner completing moves to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks.

Signing a quality left-back is still on Lampard’s list of priorities and there remains uncertainty surrounding the future of Kepa Arrizabalaga after a woeful campaign between the sticks at Chelsea.

Chelsea have also been locked in talks to sign Havertz but the two clubs have been £20million apart in their valuation of the 21-year-old attacking midfielder, with Bayer Leverkusen demanding £90m for their prized possession.

However, it appears Chelsea have made a breakthrough in their discussions with the youngster.

According to RMC Sport reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi, Havertz has agreed to a five-year contract in west London and ‘absolutely wants’ to join Chelsea.

It’s claimed Chelsea are ‘optimistic’ of striking a deal with Leverkusen over the next few days by staggering their payment for the Germany international.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has made it clear that there will be no ‘COVID discount’ for Havertz, telling Chelsea to forget about a transfer if they are unable to pay up £90m this summer.

Asked whether a deal to sell Havertz had been agreed, Voller told Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘No, but with his talent, it means he’s on the list of all the best clubs.

‘We know of the interest of a couple of clubs, especially Chelsea, but for us, the situation is quite simple; he has a two-year contract, if anyone wants him on our terms, fine, otherwise he stays here another year and we are happy.

‘It won’t be easy, but for an artist like him there is no COVID discount.’

Voller added: ‘For me, he’s the best I’ve seen at Leverkusen, and I’ve been here for a lifetime. We had Emerson, [Michael] Ballack, Ze Roberto, [Toni] Kroos, but he’s on top.

‘He is very young, he can play five or six roles, he has been here for 10 years. When he was 17, I asked the first-team coach to let him train with the greats during the national team break.

‘After three days Roger Schmidt never made him return to the youth team. He has talent with the ball at his feet, he is a mix between Ballack and [Mesut] Ozil, but he takes the best bits from both of them.’

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