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Kai Havertz to Chelsea transfer ‘looking positive’ but Blues face 10-day wait to do deal

Chelsea are unlikely to complete a deal to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen until after the Europa League final – although the German side will not be involved in the showpiece a week on Friday (August 21). That’s according to David Ornstein, who however says it is “looking positive” for Chelsea that they will complete a move.

The Germany international has been heavily linked to Stamford Bridge over the past two months as Frank Lampard looks to restructure his attack.

Pedro and Willian will leave on free transfers but Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already been recruited as their replacements at Stamford Bridge.

But despite his spend in excess of £80million so far, Lampard wants to further bolster his front-line by signing 21-year-old playmaker Havertz.

After contributing 18 goals and nine assists in 45 games this term, Chelsea are one of multiple clubs to linked with the player’s talents.

Having been in negotiations for several weeks, Ornstein insists Chelsea are willing to pay what Leverkusen want – which he says to be in the region of £72million (€80m).

But they will be made to wait a little longer in order to bring in the attacker, who can play as a No 10, as a centre forward or out wide.

Havertz’s strike in the Europa League quarter-final against Inter Milan on Monday night was not enough to keep the Bundesliga outfit in the competition.

Inter won 2-1 to progress to the semis, where they will face Shakhtar Donetsk, but The Athletic expert Ornstein says that any deal with Leverkusen will not be done until later this month regardless.

“We know all about Chelsea’s interest in Havertz,” Ornstein said on the Tifo Podcast’s Ask Ornstein show.

“We reported it in my column recently and within that you may remember a line I mentioned saying that Havertz wanted to wait a short amount of time to see if any other options came forward.

“They haven’t to my understanding and that means the situation between Havertz and Chelsea will be fine.

“It just needs to be sorted out between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen.

“That will take place to my knowledge after the Europa League final, that was always likely to be the case.

“We’ve seen with the Jadon Sancho [and Manchester United] situation that it’s not always easy.

“I can only go on the information that I’m being told and that’s that Chelsea have indicated they’re willing to pay what Leverkusen want and that they’ll end up with a fee in the region of €80m.

“I can’t say with absolute certainty, I can only report what I’m being told, but that’s that it is looking positive for Chelsea.”

Asked about new signings after the Blues crashed out of the Champions League last week, Lampard said: “We will look at that because that’s our job, my job and we’re very joined up with how we’ve worked at it already.

“From having a transfer ban, you feel the fact we missed out where other clubs had spent and improved and recruitment is a big part of this game.

“Nights like tonight for me from a footballing sense show me a lot so it’s a conversation now the season is ended.

“It’s a very quick turnaround but now is the time to see what areas we can improve in.”

After Havertz, the Chelsea manager is also thought to be keen on Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell and West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice, who he wants to utilise as a centre-back.

A new goalkeeper could also be on the agenda for Lampard but that may rely on them being able to first offload the out-of-favour Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has fallen behind Willy Caballero in the pecking order after a rocky campaign.

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