Chelsea news: Havertz has gentlemanly deal with Leverkusen for go-ahead transfer | Football | sport

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Kai Havertz has the green light from Bayer Leverkusen to join Chelsea due to his failure to qualify for the Champions League. The Germany international has spoken to the club and has made it clear that he wants to play in the top European club competition next season.

However, Leverkusen finished outside the Bundesliga top four on the last day of the season and had to settle for a place in the Europa League.They could still qualify by winning this season’s Europa League, which is expected to resume in two weeks, but Havertz wants his future to be resolved as soon as possible.

Leverkusen wants £ 90million for their star man, but Chelsea are reportedly valuing him closer to £ 70million.

Nonetheless, he has been identified as one of their main targets and so there may be some leeway during negotiations, especially with a lot of spending planned at Stamford Bridge this summer.

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“There’s a gentleman’s deal with Havertz that if the club gets the money they want, they have to let it go.

“It’s not something that is in his contract but it is a promise from the club to the player because he stayed last year too.

“There was also a chance that he could leave, but he said ‘no I’ll stay but if there’s the option I want and they play my prize you’ll have to leave me’ and they said ‘yes, we will’.

“Now if Bayer Leverkusen says something, they will. ”

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Chelsea have already had talks to bring Havertz to west London this summer.

Frank Lampard is believed to have spoken to the player and described his plans for the club and Havertz’s role in the squad.

Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner are also doing their best to persuade their international colleague to join them at the club.

Although there is interest from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, Chelsea have prepared themselves to be the only club willing to pay this summer.

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