Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has fuelled rumours that Kai Havertz could be set for a move to Stamford Bridge by ‘liking’ a video of the midfielder on Instagram.
The Blues have set out their stall in the wake of their two-window transfer ban by wrapping up deals for Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech but Lampard is far from finished in this summer’s market.
Bringing in a quality left-back remains high up on Lampard’s wishlist – with Ben Chilwell and Sergio Reguilon being eyed – and widespread reports suggest Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen starlet Havertz.
It’s understood Havertz has agreed a five-year contract with Chelsea and the Premier League giants are confident of finalising a deal for the 21-year-old imminently.
Discussions between the two clubs are ongoing and Chelsea are increasingly optimistic they can reach an agreement by offering to pay for the youngster in instalments.
Lampard has remained tight-lipped when asked about Havertz but eagle-eyed Chelsea supporters may have spotted a huge hint from their manager on social media this week.
Instagram account 433 posted a short clip of Havertz bamboozling an opposition Mainz player with a deft nutmeg between his legs – and it’s clear Lampard was an admirer.
The Chelsea boss – who has 4.2 million followers on the platform – was of the many thousands to show their appreciation by ‘liking’ the video.
Lampard refused to rule out a move for Havertz when directly asked about the midfielder after Chelsea’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Bayern Munich but urged fans not to ‘expect’ anything.
‘I wouldn’t expect anything but it’s our job to go away and see what happens and see where we can improve,’ he said.
‘In a footballing sense, I feel like I know where we can improve but now it’s time to look at that.’
Lampard vowed to work on strengthening his squad over the coming weeks to make up for lost time after their transfer ban.
He added: ‘We will look at that because that’s our job, my job and we’re very joined up with how we’ve worked at it already.
‘From having a transfer ban, you feel the fact we missed out where other clubs had spent and improved and recruitment is a big part of this game.
‘Nights like tonight for me from a footballing sense show me a lot so it’s a conversation now the season is ended.
‘It’s a very quick turnaround but now is the time to see what areas we can improve in.’
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