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Leverkusen want Malang Sarr on loan from Chelsea — report


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Like the proverbial jigsaw falling into place, new Chelsea signing Malang Sarr, already earmarked for a loan after signing as a free agent with the club last week, could be headed to Bayer Leverkusen just as Kai Havertz makes the reverse journey.

That’s not to say that the two moves are equivalent, far from it, but it wouldn’t be surprising at all if they were related. In fact, it would be surprising if they weren’t.

Sarr signed a five-year contract with the Blues after leaving boyhood club OGC Nice, but Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia made it clear that he was going to head out on loan, at least in his first season at the club. Sarr, once a highly rated center back is still just 21, was in need of a change of scenery, but not yet of the London-kind.

Initial rumors had the center back going to the Bundesliga, and that indeed appears to be the case if the Bayer Leverkusen interest is true.

So, Havertz for €80m plus €20m in add-ons plus a loan of Malang Sarr. Need anything else, Bayer? How about a fresh towel?

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