Chelsea ‘hope Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner can convince Germany team-mate Kai Havertz to pick Stamford Bridge’


KAI HAVERTZ is keen to join his Germany team-mates Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner at Chelsea, according to reports.

The Bayer Leverkusen forward has been heavily linked with the Blues and the West Londoners will hope their two German stars can convince their international colleague to move Stamford Bridge.

It emerged today the Blues are reportedly in advanced talks to sign the 21-year-old star after he told Leverkusen he wants to leave.

Blues chiefs are said to have negotiated a five-year deal worth around £7.1million-a-year after holding talks with the player’s agent.

And the presence of his Germany teammates at Stamford Bridge is part of the appeal, according to the Telegraph.

However, despite the player’s reported desire to move to the West London club, one issue left to iron out is the asking price.

Leverkusen are demanding £90m for his signature which is more than the £70m the Blues wish to pay.

Boss Frank Lampard is hoping to get his deals concluded early following the arrivals of striker Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

The Germany playmaker has become one of the most sought-after players in world football following another terrific Bundesliga campaign for Leverkusen.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have both been linked with the young star but it appears Chelsea will press ahead of the competition.

Rudiger, 27, has been with Chelsea since his switch from Roma in the summer of 2017 and has 30 German caps.

Whereas Werner, 24, completed his £53m move from Leipzig last month and will join up with Frank Lampard’s squad at the start of pre-season.

The striker has one less Germany cap (29) than Rudiger while Havertz has just seven.


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