Chelsea have had a very good season under Frank Lampard, with the club making it to the final of the FA Cup and almost having sealed a top-four spot, which will bring Champions League football next term. In addition to this season’s performance, the club have moved quickly in the transfer market, picking up Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner ahead of next season. Both these players are highly regarded and will improve Chelsea’s attack immensely, and the club do not look like they are done yet. The Blues have been credited with an interest in Bayer Leverkusen youngster Kai Havertz for some time now, but the baffling part is that they are seemingly his only suitors.
21-year-old Havertz has been one of the most exciting young players in Europe for a couple of years now, and despite his young age, the German international has already racked up over 100 Bundesliga appearances. It is likely that he will move on this summer, especially as Leverkusen failed to secure Champions League football for next season, and while almost all of Europe’s big giants have been interested in him at some point or the other, it seems as if the stars are aligning for him to make the move to west London. Bayern Munich, the German powerhouse who usually snap up all the best German players, have already secured Leroy Sane from Manchester City, and apparently do not have the money to buy Havertz unless they sell first. It is the same case at Barcelona as well, while Real Madrid already have quite a few players who play in his position to consider moving for him at this time. In England, the only clubs who could potentially afford him, other than Chelsea, are the two Manchester clubs and maybe Liverpool. Manchester City could yet make a late swoop, especially given that David Silva is set to move on after ten seasons at the club. However, it is more likely that Pep Guardiola will give Phil Foden the chance to take that spot. At Manchester United, Havertz was initially being pursued quite seriously, but Bruno Fernandes’ form since arriving in January has removed the need for a playmaker, with other higher priority transfer targets being pursued. Liverpool, on the other hand, pulled out of a deal to sign Werner since they would not be able to guarantee that he would start games ahead of their current front three, and it is the same case with Havertz as well. The German is likely to cost more than £90 million, and at such a price, no club can afford to put him on the bench.
Thus, all of this means that Chelsea are in pole position to sign one of the best young players in Europe, and if you bet in UK, you can probably put money on it. He can potentially be one of the best in the world, and is a Ballon d’Or contender for the future. Signing someone of his profile will be a huge statement of intent from the Blues, and fans will expect them to make a charge for the title next season with that squad at their disposal.