Four Kai Havertz alternatives as Chelsea hit major transfer stumbling block

Chelsea have been knocked back in their bid to sign Kai Havertz as a result of Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bundesliga outfit are not rolling over during some tough negotiations with Stamford Bridge chief Marina Granovskaia.

Leverkusen are demanding £90m for Havertz, who ended the season with 18 goals and nine assists.

Frank Lampard is desperate for the 21-year-old, who would earmark a summer of spending at Chelsea.

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have already arrived but Havertz would command a record-breaking fee at the Blues.

Regardless, £90m is an astronomical fee in normal circumstances – let alone during the coronavirus crisis – so here are four alternatives Lampard could look at.

Julian Draxler

At 26, Draxler should be playing week in, week out, but that is just not the case at Paros St-Germain, where he mainly appears on the bench.

The Germany international still has the quality to become a star somewhere and that could be Chelsea.

Elegant on the ball and fits the tall player category Lampard is looking for, only problem, though, could be financial.

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Jack Grealish

If Lampard is desperate on an attacking midfielder, he could do a lot worse than taking a look at Grealish.

The 24-year-old could be about to leave his boyhood club in search of trophies and more.

Manchester United had been the most interested but Chelsea could steal in and he would slot in right behind the striker.

Marcel Sabitzer

If Lampard wants to get the best out of Werner, what better way then to sign his old Leipzig team-mate Sabitzer.

Not only does the Austria international have a special bond with the striker, he has an eye for goal.

Tottenham and Arsenal have both been linked but Chelsea can offer Champions League football.

Mason Mount

Chelsea may not need to sign anyone and could play Mount in the No. 10 after an impressive first season in the Premier League.

Lampard has not used anyone more than the 21-year-old this season, who has missed just two games all year.

He epitomises the new-brand of football at Stamford Bridge – energetic, steely determination and a neverending will to press.

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