Kai Havertz absent from Bayer Leverkusen fitness tests as Chelsea transfer move edges closer

Kai Havertz of Bayer 04 Leverkusen controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt at BayArena on March 7, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany.

Kai Havertz reportedly missed Bayer Leverkusen’s pre-season fitness tests this weekend as he closes in on a big-money switch to Chelsea. 

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has been intent on making up for lost time in the wake of the club’s two-window transfer ban, signing Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva already this summer. 

The Blues are now focussing their efforts on finalising their move for Havertz after weeks of discussions to lure the 21-year-old attacking midfielder to Stamford Bridge.

Reports earlier this month claimed Havertz had said yes to a five-year contract with Chelsea but that there was still some distance between the Premier League giants and Leverkusen over the German’s price. 

However, it’s understood Chelsea have now agreed to cough up €80million (£72m) up front plus a further €20m (£18m) in bonuses for Havertz. 

According to Bild, Havertz underwent coronavirus testing with Leverkusen on Friday and Saturday which was a necessary requirement for him being able to play in Germany’s upcoming Nations League clashes with Spain and Switzerland.

But it’s claimed he was absent as Leverkusen’s squad were put through rigorous performance testing on Sunday in preparation for the new Bundesliga campaign. 

The report suggests this is yet another indication that Havertz’s move to west London will be made official ‘soon’.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website this weekend, Lampard underlined how excited he was to work with new additions Chilwell and Silva.

“With Ben Chilwell, he is a player I know very well, he has been pretty much England’s first-choice left-back now in recent times,” he said. 

“Great qualities in terms of how he can join in, he is athletic, his physicality, the way he plays and the quality of his left foot, so for us in terms of how he can help out on the left side, attack-wise and defensively, which of course is always first and foremost. 

“I am excited to work with him so I think he is a great addition. At 23 years of age, it is a really positive one for us.”

“With Thiago Silva, we are looking at a player I know very well, pretty much as we all do. 

“He brings great experience for us, he is still playing at a massively high level, as we saw in the Champions League final and games towards the final, so I expect him to come and bring that, bring his experience, leadership and his qualities. It is going to be very important for us. 

“We have a relatively young squad, we saw that last year, there were games afterwards when I was probably asking for more voice and some more leadership in different ways and he brings that naturally straight away, and also on the pitch he can help talk and be the player that he is which means affecting others. 

“On those levels I hope he brings that. I am pretty sure he will with the qualities we know he has, so I am excited for when he joins up.”

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