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No news, no progress, no rush on the Kai Havertz front — reports

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The waiting game

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - DFB Cup Final Photo by Annegret Hilse/Pool via Getty Images

As one of Chelsea’s newest signings took his place at Stamford Bridge for the first time in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Norwich City last night — Hakim Ziyech was only watching from the stands since he’s not yet eligible to play for the club — Chelsea’s next big signing is still only the stuff of speculation and rumors.

Kai Havertz, if it is to be Kai Havertz, remains a Bayer Leverkusen player, for now. He may have made it clear to the club that he wants to leave this summer (as opposed to next), but for now, there’s no progress beyond that to report. The Bundesliga season ended a couple weeks ago, and like most, including another new Chelsea signing, Timo Werner, Havertz is on vacation.

So any speculation regarding whether he’d be willing to (still) talk to Chelsea, be that with Champions League football on offer or not, is just that, speculation.

And so, we wait, which is often the hardest part, as they say.

(And in the meantime, maybe have a hard think about whether spending upwards of €100m on Kai Havertz is the best move for the squad now and/or in the future, given our glaring defensive issues.)