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Kai Havertz poised to join Chelsea

Kai Havertz’ agents have told to Bayer Leverkusen he wants to leave the club if an ‘important bid’ arrives in the next few weeks.

The Chelsea board have contacted Havertz’ agents and he would like to join the Blues as his next club because of the project, which is being led by Frank Lampard. Timo Werner would also push him to join.

Havertz will consider talks about personal terms [until 2025] if Chelsea will make an official bid to Bayer Leverkusen soon.

Chelsea want to sign Kai Havertz this summer, having already completed the acquisitions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

The Bayer Leverkusen star’s talents are undeniable and wide-ranging, having thrived as a playmaker, a wide forward and even at centre-forward in recent times.

The most logical place in the team for Havertz would be as an attacking central midfielder, one of Chelsea’s No. 8s in a 4-3-3 – a position Havertz himself has said he favours.

And that is an opinion held by Leverkusen assistant boss Marcel Daum, who has outlined the midfielder’s qualities.

He told talkSPORT: “If you see his movement, he’s very elegant, he’s always calm, he has great passing ability. What a lot of people don’t see, because we watch him every day, is that he’s pretty fast. That’s a big bonus. He’s a great player; he’s scoring goals, he’s great in the air and he’s pretty fast. It’s up to him how far he can go.”

Chelsea would be able to secure Havertz’s signature if they paid north of £90million.

That is according to Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz. Bosz told Algemeen Dagblad back in March: “He can’t be held on to next summer. That will be a transfer of €100million (£90million). What am I saying? More than €100million (£90million)!”

Bundesliga career and records
After making his debut in October 2016 as a substitute against Werder Bremen, thus becoming Leverkusen’s youngest-ever player to debut in the Bundesliga, Havertz went on to make a remarkable total of 28 appearances and score four goals in his maiden campaign in professional football.

“I only really realised I might make it two or three years ago,” Havertz told bundesliga.com. “We won the German U17 title. That’s when I was invited to train here with the senior team for the first time.”

Havertz quickly became the youngest player to wear a Leverkusen shirt in the Champions League, debuting from the start in Europe’s elite continental club competition in a last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid. He would have appeared once more in the return leg, if not for a school exam he had to sit.

More records inevitably followed, with Havertz becoming Leverkusen’s youngest Bundesliga goalscorer and, at the age of just 18 years and 307 days, the most precocious player to reach 50 appearances in the German top flight. He scored three and assisted nine in his second season, but there was no stopping there.

“I guess reading the game has always been one of my strengths,” Havertz explained. “A certain composure on the ball and the ability to make the right choices quickly.”

Indeed, the elegant Havertz came of age in a 2018/19 campaign which saw him raise the bar even further, becoming not only Die Werkself’s reliable midfield lynchpin but assuming more and more responsibility, and becoming arguably the most important individual in Peter Bosz’s team.

He celebrated his 100th competitive appearance by scoring the winner against VfB Stuttgart, and rounded out the campaign in style by becoming the first teenager in Bundesliga history to reach 17 goals in a single season. He was also instrumental in Leverkusen’s return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.

“If you can always be one or two steps ahead of your opponent, you can already win the game,” Leon Bailey told bundesliga.com when speaking about his teammate. “And I think that’s just the player he is.”

A whopping nine of Havertz’s 17 goals gave Leverkusen a 1-0 lead – no player in the Bundesliga opened the scoring more frequently this term. And 11 of them came under Bosz, whose attack-minded style allowed Havertz’s raw talent rise to the surface even more than before. It was no great surprise, therefore, that the Aachen-born midfielder did not miss a single game all season.

It’s equally unsurprising, albeit no less impressive, that Havertz ended the season with three Germany caps after making his debut in the 2-1 friendly victory over Peru in September, 2018.

Picking up where he left off, Havertz kicked off the 2019/20 campaign by becoming the second youngest player in history – behind only Horst Koppel – to score 25 Bundesliga goals, courtesy of a typically sumptuous lob in Leverkusen’s opening weekend win over Paderborn.

“You can see why [Leverkusen sporting director] Rudi Völler has labelled him a once-in-a-century talent,” Bundesliga legend Lothar Matthäus told bundesliga.com.

“He plays with passion, he’s spontaneous, he’s very quick, scores goals, his distribution’s good, he really works for the team – and all that at such a young age.”

With such a seal of approval, Havertz is clearly going places, and few would, or could, refute the claim that he is Europe’s best young midfielder.

Kai Havertz has played 118 matches throughout the course of his career in the Bundesliga. Of these, he has won 57. He has played all the matches of his career in the Bundesliga as a member of Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Here, he has put a total of 36 balls in the net. With a total of 36 goals in his Bundesliga career so far, he presently takes 25th place on the active scoring chart.

Havertz racked up 12 goals and 6 assists in the recently concluded 2019/20 season. On top of that he scored 3 and assisted 2 in the currently suspended Europa League season.

In 148 appearances for Bayer Leverkusen, he has scored a total of 45 goals and assisted 31.

International appointments
So far, Kai Havertz has played seven international matches for Germany. He scored a total of one goal in these games.

 

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