Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has agreed to join Chelsea.
He is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Stamford Bridge club in the next few days after weeks of speculation.
The fee has yet to be decided, with Chelsea and Leverkusen still haggling over the £90 million valuation, as well as the structure of the payments.
However, Chelsea are increasingly confident that the remaining hurdles can be overcome, and that Ziyech can add to Frank Lampard’s attacking options for next season, which have already been boosted by the acquisition of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
Havertz has become one of the most coveted young players in Europe, after a season which has seen him score 17 goals in all competitions. He has not yet finished the current campaign with Leverkusen – he is likely to feature for them in their Europa League quarter-final tie with Inter Milan next Monday.
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