Kai Havertz is expected to make a decision on his future very soon and has reportedly scheduled a meeting with Bayer Leverkusen after the DFB Pokal final on July 4 to discuss a possible summer departure.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has established himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in European football after a stellar Bundesliga campaign in which he has racked up 12 goals and six assists for fifth-placed Leverkusen.
It’s understood Bayern Munich and Chelsea are battling it out for Havertz’s signature and reports earlier this week claimed the latter had submitted an £80million offer for the Germany international.
Frank Lampard responded to the rumours at his press conference on Wednesday and labelled Havertz a ‘top player’ – but the Chelsea head coach denied that a bid had been made for the highly-rated young talent.
However, Havertz is open to a move to England and wants to play Champions League football next season which Chelsea would be able to provide should they hold onto fourth place in the Premier League.
According to German publication Bild, Havertz is preparing to hold showdown talks with Leverkusen in the wake of their cup final clash against Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga outfit remain hopeful that they can convince Havertz to stay on for at least another season even if they are only able to offer him Europa League football next term.
Earlier this month, Leverkusen chief Fernando Carro admitted the club were resigned to the fact that Havertz is ready for the ‘next step’ in his career amid interest from some of Europe’s top teams.
‘Many clubs are interested in him,’ he told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger.
‘I see the player’s wish to take the next step sometime in the near future.
‘You have to respect that as much as the fact that he has a contract in until 2022.’
In a separate interview, Carro refused to rule out a summer exit for Havertz but insisted the German remained fully focussed on Leverkusen’s remaining games of the season.
‘Kai has been with us for ten years, he is a player who is fully integrated and devoted to the club, but he wants to take a big step,’ he told Infobae.
‘All the great clubs in Europe are after him and for us, in the end, what the player wants is what is important.
‘We would of course like him to keep playing here. He is a very disciplined person with an old head on young shoulders.
‘We are open to see what will happen in the future, nobody knows.
‘At the moment he is focussed on the season with us. He has been injured the last two games but we hope to have him for the last few fixtures.’
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