Chelsea boss Frank Lampard identifies top transfer target as £80m bid eyed

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to go all out for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. The Germany international has been tipped to head to the Premier League this summer after impressing at Leverkusen. The 20-year-old, who has netted 14 goals and chipped in with seven assists in all competitions, has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

And according to Spanish outlet TodoFichajes, Chelsea are ready to beat their Premier League rivals to Havertz.

They say Chelsea boss Lampard has made the attacking midfielder his top target.

The Blues are ready to pay £80m (€90M) for Havertz this summer.

Chelsea transfer chiefs are said to be confident of landing Havertz.

Despite the Blues going all out for the Leverkusen star, Liverpool hero Jan Molby claims Jurgen Klopp should sign the playmaker.

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Molby says Havertz can have the same impact at Liverpool that Bruno Fernandes has had at United.

“It might hurt me to say this a little bit, but if you look at the impact Bruno Fernandes has had at Manchester United, now I would love Liverpool to sign that type of a midfield player,” he said.

“[I want] a midfield player that brings something different to what [James] Milner or [Naby] Keita or [Georginio] Wijnaldum or [Jordan] Henderson brings.

“Who would that be? The young boy Kai Havertz looks a really, really good player.

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“Let’s wait and see and see what kind of money Liverpool have available to make transfers, but I think there are plenty of exciting young players out there.”

A lot has been made of Premier League sides battling for Havertz, however, ex-Germany defender Jens Nowotny says his countryman should stay put.

“He is on the way to becoming a world-class player. He has huge potential,” he said. “Another year in Leverkusen would certainly not hurt him.

“For his personal development as a player and as a person it would be good for him to be in an environment in which he feels comfortable – and that’s the case in Leverkusen.

“Otherwise he would not have already spent 10 years at the club.

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“To fulfil his potential, the next step is very, very important.

“He has to ask himself questions: are there clubs where he can develop if there is a possible change? Or are there only clubs where he has to arrive and function as a finished player?

“On the one hand, you need coaches like Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho, who can take him further.

“On the other hand, such a coach also has to work for a club where he is allowed to develop.”

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