Having struggled with a transfer ban this summer, Chelsea might be one of the busiest clubs come the end of the season. They are eyeing some of the finest stars in Europe and one player they continue to be linked with is Kai Havertz.
The German international has been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund recently. And reports from Express now claim that Bayer Leverkusen are ready to let him leave for around £90m next summer.
Though Havertz has revealed that he is currently happy in Leverkusen, he is fast growing as an exciting prospect in Europe, so should Chelsea retain their interest in the 20-year-old?
Kai Havertz And His Rise:
The versatile playmaker made his debut for the club back in 2016, after spending seven long years in the academy.
He made just 15 starts in his first season at the club but in the last two seasons, he was one of the first names on the team sheet for three different managers.
Havertz announced himself in world football after registering 17 goals and three assists in just 33 league starts last season and has played every minute of Leverkusen’s campaign under Peter Bosz.
Playing in an advanced midfield role alongside the likes of Kerem Demirbay and Leon Bailey, the 20-year old acts as the creator in chief, running the game in the final third.
A gifted dribbler who is almost impossible to stop during counter-attacks, Havertz is adept at hold-up play or creating chances for his side with through balls into the box.
His vision and ability to pick the right pass often is the reason for some of the biggest clubs in Europe showing an interest in him.
He is a defensive liability at times but at just 20, is a player that will improve most teams in the continent.
Should Chelsea Meet Kai Havertz’s Valuation?
Adding a player of his potential to the squad should be a no-brainer for Frank Lampard but the issue understandably in this transfer is Havertz’s price tag.
The youngster has well and truly made a name for himself at the highest stage and with five international caps and four UCL appearances already, he has enough experience to make an instant impact in the Premier League.
So, his price tag is hardly of surprise especially in the current transfer ecosystem, but one that Chelsea might struggle to meet.
Lampard has a side full of youngsters, who have been impressive at times. But they do lack quality, depth and experience in certain areas of the field, which need to be addressed next summer.
The manager needs to add some stability to the backline and an established striker, leaving little room for spending big on the Leverkusen star.
But the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley have not been able to add enough creativity to the side so Havertz is a player Lampard desperately needs, irrespective of his price tag.
Havertz also fits into the model of recruitment under Lampard, so even at his price, Chelsea should try and do what it takes to land the German next summer.
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