Chelsea star Rudiger ‘in contact’ with Kai Havertz to convince him to make transfer.. just like he did with Timo Werner

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ANTONIO RUDIGER is trying to persuade Kai Havertz to join Chelsea – just like he did fellow Germany superstar Timo Werner.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Havertz, rated at £90million, is the Blues’ top remaining summer target after they landed £53m striker Werner from RB Leipzig and Ajax wizard Hakim Ziyech for £37m.

And Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk claims “agent Rudi is on a new mission”.

He added in a tweet: “True: @ToniRuediger is in contact with Havertz since a couple of weeks and tries to convince him.”

The 21-year-old already has seven full caps, having also provided 17 goals and nine assists for fifth-placed Bundesliga side Leverkusen this season.

But Chelsea are reportedly baulking at his huge asking price, amid claims boss Frank Lampard might first need to offload players.

That has heightened suggestions the Blues could be willing to sell anchorman N’Golo Kante to Real Madrid.

Bernabeu chief Zinedine Zidane is a long-term admirer of the French World Cup winner, who uniquely won successive Premier League titles for Leicester and Chelsea.

Centre-back Rudiger has openly admitted he did all he could to talk Werner into joining the Blues.

He told Chelsea TV: “Like everyone, I’m very excited that he’s chosen Chelsea and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“I did speak to him before because we have known each other for a long time.

“We spoke a lot during the lockdown and he told me he was interested in coming to England. Of course then I did my bit, what I had to do.

“I would say he’s a quiet, humble guy, always ready to do better.

“I hope he adapts very quickly when he comes because as we all know this competition is different than others.”

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