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Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, and the Blues will face steep competition for the 21-year-old, with the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich also interested in the young midfielder.
Meanwhile, reports from the Daily Express have claimed that Chelsea and Real Madrid have submitted opening bids for the Germany international ahead of the summer transfer window, with Chelsea outbidding Real Madrid.
However, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has described Havertz as a “top player” but told reporters ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League meeting with Manchester City that no bid has been lodged.
He said: “He’s obviously a top player, but to carry on from my answer before I’m certainly not going to comment on other players at other teams. And it cannot be our focus. So, nothing to say.”
When asked if an offer had been made, he added: “No. No bids have gone in.”
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen assistant manager Marcel Daum has told Kai Havertz that it’s up to him to decide how far he can go in his career.
Daum told talkSPORT: “If you see his movement, he’s very elegant, he’s always calm, he has great passing ability.
“What a lot of people don’t see, because we watch him every day, is that he’s pretty fast. That’s a big bonus.
“He’s a great player; he’s scoring goals, he’s great in the air and he’s pretty fast.
“It’s up to him how far he can go.”