Kai Havertz ‘very interested’ in Chelsea transfer but deal threatens future of one player

Kai Havertz is supposedly keen on moving to Chelsea this summer but his arrival could threaten the future of Callum Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge. The Bayer Leverkusen ace has emerged as one of the Blues’ priority targets ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Chelsea have already wrapped up deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner so have now moved on to Ben Chilwell and Havertz.

Leverkusen are demanding as much as £90m for the 21-year-old, but Chelsea are currently unwilling to match that valuation.

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The Blues are still favourites to sign the attacker although his arrival may spell bad news for Hudson-Odoi’s future under Frank Lampard, according to Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones.

Speaking to TalkChelsea about Havertz, Jones said: “He is interested, very interested actually.

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“He really wants to push himself and Leverkusen are pretty surprised at how focused he is on finding a new club.

“He definitely wants Champions League football though so we will have to wait on that situation to be decided before knowing much more.

“If he joins then I’m not sure what the future holds for Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea.”

These comments appear to contradict reports that emerged last week suggesting Havertz would be willing to move to a club that cannot offer Champions League football next season.

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Pressure is therefore back on Lampard and Chelsea to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

They are currently third in the table, a solitary point ahead of Leicester and Manchester United, with just two matches to play.

Havertz, who is under contract at the BayArena until 2022, will be much more likely to agree to a move if the Blues can secure their spot in Europe’s top competition – particularly after Leverkusen missed out.

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The latter could be Lampard’s preferred choice if a transfer is completed, although he could also rotate with Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and even Werner in the wider roles.

Such competition for places could prove problematic for Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea, with the 19-year-old making 28 appearances this season but managing just three substitute outings since the end of lockdown.

Meanwhile, Jones expects other players to depart this summer but suggests Chelsea will struggle to find a buyer for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

He added: “It’s hard to say [who else will leave] because selling players is not as easy as it once was. They’ll definitely sell Emerson [Palmieri], and maybe [Marcos] Alonso. [Michy] Batshuayi will go. Beyond that there are just loads of ifs and buts.”

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