Chelsea leading race to sign 21-year-old Germany international

Bayern Munich appears to have cleared the path for Blues to sign Kai Havertz after the club’s honorary president, Uli Hoeness, played down speculation of a move for the playmaker.

Blues have made up for lost time in the wake of their two-window transfer ban by wrapping up deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner but the London club manager is far from finished this summer.

Bolstering at left-back stays a priority for Blues boss, with Ben Chilwell, Nicolas Tagliafico and Sergio Reguilon being eyed, and the London club have been battling it out with Bayern Munich for Germany international’s signature.

Havertz has had a fantastic season with Bayer Leverkusen, registering 12 goals and six assists in the Bundesliga, and is keen on pushing through a switch to Chelsea.

However, Blues and Bundesliga giants are £20m apart in their valuation of the 21-year-old playmaker as it stands with the German club refusing to budge on their £91m asking price.

Blues can, though, take encouragement from the fact Bayern Munich are now distancing themselves from a possible deal for Havertz after spending big on Man City’s Leroy Sane.

‘I am sure that after Leroy Sane there will be no major transfers this year,’ Hoeness said. ‘This has nothing to do with the quality of Havertz.’

‘We all think he is a very, very good player. But in the coronavirus period after a transfer of almost €50m, one of €70-80m or more, I can’t imagine making unless we secure counter-financing through player sales.’