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Chelsea transfer news: Havertz deal close, Ginter linked, Gimenez battle

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Chelsea on Saturday, August 1.

The buildup to the summer transfer window has very much begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to gather pace as Chelsea look to boost their squad ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

The Blues did not sign any new players in January despite having their transfer ban lifted, but they have already secured deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with more expected to follow.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at Stamford Bridge.

Saturday morning's Chelsea transfer talk news roundup:

Report: Chelsea close to sealing deal for Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz

Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz pictured on July 4, 2020© Reuters

Chelsea are reportedly edging closer to securing the signing of in-demand Bayer Leverkusen attacker Kai Havertz.

The Blues have been strongly linked with the Germany international over the last few weeks, with the London giants thought to lead the race despite interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.

An agreement is believed to be in place between Havertz and Chelsea, but the Premier League side still have to finalise terms with Leverkusen.

Football.London claims that talks are progressing well and the 21-year-old, who is valued at £81.5m, is close to becoming Chelsea's latest high-profile signing.

Chelsea to move for Matthias Ginter?

Matthias Ginter pictured after scoring for Germany on November 16, 2019© Reuters

Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for Borussia Monchengladbach centre-back Matthias Ginter.

The Germany international played a leading role for Monchengladbach during the 2019-20 campaign, making 31 top-flight appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.

Kicker reports that Frank Lampard has set his sights on Ginter, who would boost a defence that has struggled to produce clean sheets on a consistent basis during the current season.

However, even though Ginter's contract with Monchengladbach has just under a year left to run, the report claims that the Bundesliga outfit will still demand a hefty fee for the 26-year-old.

Manchester City to rival Chelsea for Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez?

Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal in action with Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez in La Liga on September 28, 2019© Reuters

Chelsea will reportedly face competition from Manchester City if they wish to sign Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez during this summer's transfer window.

The Blues are expected to move for at least one new central defender ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, and Gimenez has allegedly been identified by Frank Lampard's side as a possible recruit.

However, according to ESPN, Man City are also in the running for the Uruguay international, who still has three years left to run on his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atletico are thought to be unwilling to sell the 25-year-old for anything under his £110m release clause, though, which could ultimately price him out of a summer switch to the Premier League.

More transfer news from Chelsea:

Frank Lampard talks up relationship with Petr Cech amid summer transfer plans
The Blues boss is confident he will be backed financially and has revealed a close working relationship with Petr Cech. Read more.

Chelsea 'could hijack Manchester City's bid for Nathan Ake'
Chelsea are reportedly in a position where they are able to match Manchester City's bid for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake before the end of the week. Read more.

Bayern Munich chief confirms Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara wants to leave
Thiago Alcantara wants to "try something new" and will be allowed to leave Bayern Munich if his valuation is met, the club's president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reveals. Read more.

Chelsea, Manchester City 'keeping tabs on David Alaba'
Chelsea and Manchester City reportedly remain among a number of clubs who are monitoring David Alaba's contract situation at Bayern Munich. Read more.

Alexandre Lacazette insists his Arsenal future does not depend on Aubameyang
The France international is tied to the Gunners until 2022, while Pierre-Emerick Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's deal expires next year. Read more.

Leeds United pushing to sign Wigan Athletic youngster Joe Gelhardt?
Leeds United are reportedly looking to push through a cut-price deal for Wigan Athletic youngster Joe Gelhardt. Read more.


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