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Chelsea are set to step up their pursuit of Kai Havertz, according to The Telegraph. The midfielder is set to play for Bayer Leverkusen in Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayern Munich, marking the end of the domestic season. The Blues are keen to add Havertz and Ben Chilwell this summer.
Chelsea are starting to look elsewhere for a left-back. The Blues and Manchester City are both targeting a move for Everton full-back Lucas Digne, according to ESPN. Both clubs reportedly view the defender as a cheaper alternative to Leicester’s Chilwell, who is valued at £75million.
Frank Lampard has revealed why Chelsea signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are yet to join up with their new team-mates at Cobham.
“We are waiting on quarantine news to make sure they can travel, move around and work as we’ll need them to,” said Lampard.
Chelsea target Kai Havertz “dreams” of playing in the Premier League, according to Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Wendell.
“He’s a complete player,” Wendell told Yellow and Green Football. “If you play him as a No.9 or as a No.10 a little bit behind, or if you put him out wide, he’ll know what to do. “He has a facility to understand what the manager wants. He finishes well with both feet. He’s strong with his head, he has good technique. Psychologically, the Germans are very focused people, too. They are very concentrated on what they want. If he goes to the Premier League, he will learn a lot. I think Kai dreams of playing there. He has that desire. If he decides to play in England, he will be a success.”
Chelsea are determined to add Kai Havertz to their squad this summer. The £90m demand from Leverkusen is proving to be a stumbling block but Marina Granovskaia is hoping to knock £20m off that due to their failure to finish in the Bundesliga top four, according to The Sun.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has defended Marcos Alonso amid stinging criticism from Gary Neville.
“It’s much easier to comment from afar,” said Lampard, of Neville’s criticism of Alonso. “We do try to play football, we try to be progressive, but of course we don’t do that at the idea of wanting to concede goals. And recovery runs are a huge part of football, and the players must do them whether it’s the first or the 90th minute. I don’t think it’s maybe quite fair to just look at Marcos in that isolated incident.
“Yes, he can recover and we can recover better as a team, but that has to be something fundamental to the team. You have to run backwards as much as you run forwards. And you have to have that desire to make difficult runs, sometimes they are sideways runs, whatever it is. But I can’t complain about the players and their desire here this season.
“When you isolate one goal that’s so crucial because it wins the points, fair enough, but I know with my players generally we have the desire to press very well off the ball and when it goes beyond us generally to recover and get there. And it was a game where we slipped up, and not just that mistake, other mistakes, and we lost the game for it.”