Chelsea closing in on Havertz
Speculation earlier in the day suggested the Blues had agreed to a deal with the player, reported by the Evening Standard as “desperate” to join the Blues ahead of the new season.
Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has been vocal about his desire to keep hold of the impressive 21-year-old in recent weeks, with Die Werkself adamant that Havertz would not leave before the conclusion of the club’s Europa League campaign.
That came sooner than Voller might have hoped following Monday’s 2-1 defeat — a result that could seal Havertz’ departure.
According to the Standard, all that remains is for Havertz to agree to personal terms, with Frank Lampard ready to splash out £70 million for his signature.
Havertz, described by Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz as the best player to ever play for Leverkusen, ended a fine campaign by netting his side’s only goal in Monday’s loss.
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Lampard is also said to be monitoring Real Madrid‘s Sergio Reguilon following a successful loan-spell with Sevilla, having failed to strike a deal with Leicester for Ben Chilwell; although the Foxes are now believed to be willing to drop their original £80m asking price.
Newcastle join the race for Sessegnon
Newly promoted Fulham, whom Sessegnon left to join Spurs last summer, have also been linked with the winger in recent days.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is expected to find himself working on a tight budget — reportedly just £30 million — ahead of the new campaign following a failed takeover attempt.
And Bruce is now expected to turn his attention to homegrown talent where he believes there are bargains to be had.
– Juventus‘ transfer list could offer up a veritable who’s who of international superstars this summer. The Mirror reports that Aaron Ramsey, Gonzalo Higuain, Sami Khedira, Daniele Rugani and Mattia De Sciglio will all be shown the door by new boss Andrea Pirlo.
– The Sun reports that Brighton boss Graham Potter is prepared to let one centre-back leave the club, but not the man on everybody’s lips. Potter is standing firm over the in-demand Ben White, but he is said to be willing to let Shane Duffy leave the club following interest from West Bromwich Albion.