Antonio Conte helped boost Chelsea’s chances of signing Kai Havertz as his Inter Milan team beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Monday to dump them out of the Europa League.
The Bundesliga outfit were refusing to sanction a deal for Havertz while they remained in the competition. A 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan saw them exit the competition at the quarter-final stage.
Chelsea have reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Havertz, who is desperate to make the move to Stamford Bridge but the Blues are yet to reach an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen for the transfer of the Germany international.
Leverkusen are reportedly holding out for £90 million which is stalling transfer negotiations.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack believes Havertz will be an ideal signing for the Blues.
“I firmly believe that Frank Lampard would be 100 per cent behind Kai Havertz,” Ballack said.
“He likes players who are very dangerous in front of goal and there aren’t many of those.
“Havertz is a player that Frank Lampard would help further, not least because he himself was a midfielder with an eye for goal, who was always moving into dangerous areas, looking to finish off a chance.”