The attacking midfielder has been given a price tag of £ 90million by the Bundesliga, who are not interested in a discount sale.
And now reports in Germany have claimed Havertz told Leverkusen he wanted to leave, with the club telling Chelsea to come up with a formal written offer for the player.
However, the clubs are believed to be fighting over the costs as they look to do business for one of Europe’s top-rated young strikers.
Havertz has two more years on his contract in Germany and Bayer knows they can expect to receive a lot less than their current asking price if they don’t let him go this summer.
The sticking point is how to structure the deal to appeal to all parties, but Havertz is keen to team up with international teammate Werner if he moves to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard wants to rebuild his squad ahead of the new campaign and could move up to three defenders after securing Havertz, with the signings of Werner (£ 48million) and Ziyech (£ 6million) already showing club intention .
Livid Lazio lashes out after Silva’s move to Sociedad
LAZIO hit David Silva after the former Manchester City star’s free transfer to Real Sociedad.
The Rome giants were in the running to sign the popular 34-year-old, who left the Etihad this week after a ten-year stint, but the Spaniard returned to his homeland with Sociedad.
Lazio were furious and sporting director Igli Tare said: “I am hearing about David Silva’s transfer to Real Sociedad. I have a lot of respect for the player but not for the man.
Arteta to catch Gab
ARSENAL are set to attack Lille again, this time for £ 22million defender Gabriel Magalhaes as Mikel Arteta tries to beef up his defense for the new season.
The Gunners want the Brazilian, 22, after having had an impressive season in a scaled-down Ligue 1 in France – a year after spending £ 72million on winger Nicolas Pepe of the same club.
■ MANCHESTER City Women signed US World Cup winner Rose Lavelle (above) from OL Reign ahead of the new season. The 25-year-old midfielder is City’s third signing of a tight season following the arrival of US teammate Sam Mewis and England striker Chloe Kelly. “I heard amazing things about the club and felt really good overall,” Lavelle said. “I want to challenge myself and feel Manchester City is the perfect environment to do it and hopefully find success along the way. “
On the vine
■ Center-back Jonathan Dinzeyi, 20, was signed by Arsenal after rival Tottenham released him.
■ CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard wants to offload striker Michy Batshuayi, along with interested parties at Leeds and Crystal Palace.
■ EIGHT Premier League clubs – including Aston Villa and Newcastle – are keen on Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster on loan but the young striker wants a chance at Anfield.
■ MANCHESTER City may consider exercising a £ 25million buyout option on former Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz.