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Chelsea submit official opening offer for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz

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Chelsea have reportedly submitted their first formal bid for Kai Havertz after Petr Cech jetted to Germany this week to meet Bayer Leverkusen chiefs and the player himself.

Frank Lampard has made Havertz his top target following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.

Talks have been going on behind the scenes for a number of weeks and a first offer has finally been made.

Transfer expert Ian McGarry claims Chelsea officials flew to Leverkusen this week and were satisfied enough to make an opening bid.

The Blues have apparently tabled a £45million up-front fee with £9m in add-ons.

Leverkusen are not expected to reject that proposal as they are holding out for a figure closer to £81m.

"Chelsea's pursuit of German international Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen has progressed a little bit," McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast.

"It is our understanding that Chelsea met with Bayer Leverkusen officials this week. Petr Cech had visited Leverkusen to speak to officials there and the player about a possible move to Stamford Bridge.

"That has resulted in an opening bid of 50m euros plus 10m euros in add-ons.

"Leverkusen continue to value the player at 90m euros. That is something Chelsea feel is not a fair price for the 21-year-old.

"It took a degree of time for [Christian] Pulisic to get into Frank Lampard's thoughts for this season and he managed to do it.

"Lampard makes the decisions as to the best team on the pitch for a given game rather than the transfer fee or salary the player is being paid.

"This is a manager who dropped the most expensive goalkeeper in the world [Kepa Arrizabalaga], based on transfer fee, for the decisive final game of the season."

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