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Chelsea face competition from Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Manchester United, several others for Kai Havertz — report

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Kai Havertz is one of the most promising and coveted young players around Europe, so it’s hardly a surprise that most big teams are aware of him, tracking him, and have him on their wishlist. If Chelsea are to make a move for the 20-year-old wonderkid, we will undoubtedly face strong competition. According to Sky Deutschland, that competition will include Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Yesterday rumours of Chelsea going “all out” for Havertz after securing Timo Werner’s signature started popping up. With Jadon Sancho’s £120m price tag apparently too steep for our liking, the versatile Havertz could be a proper alternative statement of intent. He has plenty of room to grow as player, while being able to play any position from central midfield to the right wing of an attacking three.

While Bayer Leverkusen are still looking to get €100m out of him with two years left on his contract, Sky claims that an alternative deal involving bonuses could be worked out. The Mail listed Havertz’s price at £75m yesterday, which would still be a record signing for Chelsea. Sky also claim that at least one of the aforementioned teams, Manchester United, have been working towards acquiring the Germany international for months, with the intention to “build a new team around him”.

We seem to be at the early stages of this saga, which will no doubt see plenty of twists and turns before Havertz’s future is settled. Yesterday’s strong link with Chelsea was surprising mostly because it had been expected that we would turn our attentions to defensive reinforcements rather than a third attacking signing. But if we’re looking to add more quality up top, Havertz would surely be an excellent addition — even if we have to deal with the added competition from several other strong suitors.