Bayer Leverkusen chief opens exit door for Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz

Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro says talks are ongoing with Kai Havertz to resolve his future amid transfer interest from Chelsea.

Chelsea have moved swiftly to sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner and are now setting their sights on Leverkusen’s boy wonder.

Leverkusen are understood to want around £70million (though it was £90m but Chelsea will pay £70m?) for the 21-year-old but Chelsea are hopeful of paying less.

Following Leverkusen’s exit from the Europa League, Chelsea and Leverkusen are free to engage in talks about the Germany international.

And Carro says the club are aware Havertz wants to leave but was unsure whether his exit was imminent.

He told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger: “It was always clear that there would be talks as soon as the Europa League is over for us.

“Kai has expressed the wish to take the next step. I cannot say at the moment whether this will work in the near future or not.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has opened up about the 2020/21 season, insisting that despite the disappointment of losing to Arsenal and Bayern Munich in the FA Cup and Champions League respectively, the team is only at the start of their journey with Lampard.

“When you look at the end of our season, they were not the results we wanted to get,” he told Chelsea’s website.

“We missed the chance to lift a trophy and obviously we had a bad result against Bayern as well.

“We had our good moments during the season and our difficult moments as well but we couldn’t find that consistency to have better results.

“We know that as a team we have to keep improving and we are all looking forward to working hard from the beginning of pre-season to be ready for the next one.

“We started with a new manager this pre-season and with a different style of play, which obviously we all tried to implement from the beginning.

“We know it’s still just the beginning and we have to keep improving as a team.

“We have had very good games against big teams in which we have performed very well but then sometimes we didn’t find a way to win games even when we were not playing that good. That’s the consistency that we need as a team.

“It has been very difficult for us to find defensive solidity but once we do that, I can only see the team growing and improving moving forward.”

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