• Chelsea to pay Bayer Leverkusen asking fee for Kai Havertz but on installments
  • Blues to go after Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva next
  • Havertz to set new transfer record for Blues once deal is closed

Chelsea F.C. has three players in mind and sealing the deals could happen as early this week. First up is Kai Havertz, someone the Blues have been aggressively pursuing. Based on the latest updates, it seems Chelsea is ready to settle the asking fee although some will be made via installments.

According to Goal, Chelsea is now in advanced talks with Bayern Leverkusen to push the move of Havertz to Stamford Bridge. Die Werkself is seeking about $118 million for the 21-year-old midfielder.

Further to the report, Chelsea will initially pay $95 million of that $118 million to Leverkusen with the remainder to be settled via installments. Once complete, the German midfielder will become the Blues' record transfer. He will surpass the $95 million deal that Chelsea paid to Athletic Club in 2018 for Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The German club wanted the full amount upfront but it appears Havertz insistence to move to Stamford Bridge. There could be some minor roadblocks along the way although it appears imminent that Havertz has his sights set on joining the Blues next season. If consummated soon, Havertz becomes the third big signing of Frank Lampard following Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Assuming that Lampard and the Blues get this done, Chelsea is far from done. Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva are also on the radar. Talks with Leicester City for Chilwell are underway with the 23-year-old left-back equally determined to make the jump to Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports reported.

Havertz and Chilwell loom as young talented players that should boost Chelsea's campaign starting next season. However, the plans of Lampard is not all about infusing young blood. Thiago Silva is also on the Blues' radar with reports that Chelsea is set to offer him a one-year deal.

As mentioned in a previous post, Silva announced that he played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain. Les Parisiens bowed to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final and the Brazilian plans to move on following the expiration of his contract.

Germany midfielder Kai Havertz sat out Leverkusen's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich last November due to injury
Germany midfielder Kai Havertz sat out Leverkusen's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich last November due to injury AFP / Ina Fassbender

Silva was originally set to leave last June but was prevailed upon to extend his stay. He and Eric Choupo-Moting agreed to a two-month extension which has now expired. PSG plans to make a last-ditch attempt to keep Silva although it appears the 35-year-old plans to continue playing elsewhere next season.