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Havertz on verge of Chelsea move

By Darren Lewis

Kai Havertz is set to become Chelsea’s latest record signing within days in an £89million deal.

A five-year deal for him has already been concluded with Bayer Leverkusen receiving £72million up front with another £18million potentially payable if a number of clauses are met – including if he helps Chelsea to win the Champions League over the next five years.

The capture is the latest coup in a long line pulled off by the Blues by their chief negotiator Marina Granovskaia.

Havertz has been one of the most sought-after players on the planet with 18 goals during the 2019-20 campaign, laying on eight assists for his team-mates.

That haul underlined his consistency as he’d followed up his 20 goals from the 2018-19 season.

With another of the interested clubs, Real Madrid, unable to come up with the cash quickly enough, Chelsea have stolen a march.

It sends the money they’ve in this transfer window rocketing through the £200million mark.

Earlier this summer Chelsea beat a number of top clubs to the signing of Werner from Leipzig for £47.5million.

He joined £37million Hakim Ziyech and both were followed by Ben Chilwell for £50m and defenders Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr on free transfers.

Havertz has been training with his German team-mates ahead of their Spain and Switzerland games, but is expected to have a Chelsea medical over the weekend.

Earlier this week Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz admitted his star man was unlikely to play for the club ever again.

‘Unfortunately our squad isn’t set yet. I don’t expect…Havertz to train with us again,’ he said. “It’s possible more players will transfer. We definitely still have to add some players.’

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