CHELSEA have opened talks with Bayer Leverkusen regarding Kai Havertz after agreeing personal terms with the wonderkid, according to reports.
The German playmaker, 21, is said to have agreed to a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge with the deal now “close”.
Chelsea have now bid a rumoured £73million plus add-ons in order to convince the Bundesliga side to sell their prized asset.
European transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed Havertz is now simply “waiting” for the two clubs to negotiate a fee.
Romano tweeted: “Official talks started between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen for Havertz.
“Chelsea want to complete the deal soon but would pay £73m fee only including add ons.
“Talks on to find an agreement. Personal terms agreed weeks ago. Kai is waiting.”
Meanwhile, another transfer guru – Nicolo Schira – added Havertz may now sit out the Europa League campaign, starting next month, after reaching a “total agreement” with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.
Schira wrote: “Chelsea will make an official bid to Bayer Leverkusen this week.
“The Blues want to sign Kai Havertz, who may not play in Europa League with Bayer Leverkusen.’
“Marina Granovskaia has reached a total agreement with the German player for a contract until 2025 and is confident to close the deal.”
The news comes just hours after Chelsea fans were left utterly convinced they had landed Havertz.
The Leverkusen ace was one of hundreds of thousands of people to “like” Timo Werner’s Instagram post showing himself landing in England to watch the Blues take on Wolves.
Werner, 24, opted against remaining with RB Leipzig for the rest of their Champions League run after agreeing a £53million move.
And the German beamed as he was pictured at Stamford Bridge for the first time, captioning his picture: “My new home! Come on, @ChelseaFC.”
Leroy Sane also set tongues wagging last week when he appeared to let the news of Havertz’s potential move slip during his first press conference at Bayern Munich.