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Chelsea, Bayer Leverkusen €20m apart in Kai Havertz negotiations — report

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Perseverence

FC Internazionale v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Chelsea acted swiftly and decisively in signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner earlier this year, but the saga of Kai Havertz continues to drag on. That’s not necessarily a unique thing. It might even be a very common thing. But in this case we’ve had to be patient, even though we’ve been practically the only legitimate suitors for the 21-year-old’s signature.

But it sounds like the finish line might be in sight at long last. According to Bild’s Christian Falk, negotiations between the two teams have (finally) begun in earnest last week — personal terms had been agreed in principle some time ago, but we had to wait for Leverkusen to finish out their Europa League campaign to start the actual transfer talks.

And Transfer Oracle Fabrizio Romano has a few more details while confirming the state of play: Havertz remains our priority target and wants to join and all parties now want business concluded expediently but on their own (financial) terms. And that last bit is where the bulk of the contention appears to remain: namely in a €20m difference between Chelsea’s offer and Leverkusen’s asking price.

Considering that Chelsea have a few more bits of business to take care of this summer after Havertz, saving a few million could be helpful. Plus, it’s the principle of the thing.

In any case, sounds like we’re getting close, which is pretty exciting.