Kai Havertz transfer boost
Chelsea’s hopes of landing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz this summer have been significantly increased following the conclusion of the Bundesliga campaign.
Bayer Leverkusen rounded off their work for the 2019/20 Bundesliga season with a 1-0 home win over Mainz on Saturday, but it was not enough for them to secure Champions League football for next season, meaning it could go a long way in deciding Havertz’s decision about his future this summer.
Not only that, though, but Leverkusen’s failure to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition means that they may be willing to offload him in the summer for £70million, opposed to the £90million that they value him at.
This could be seen as a significant breakthrough in Chelsea’s hopes of landing the attacking-midfielder, as the Blues are eager to spend big-money on other areas of the squad, meaning landing Havertz for a cheaper fee could boost the Blues’ hopes of sealing a deal for the 21-year-old.
Player ratings vs Leicester City
Whilst the Blues have reeled Leicester City in over recent months in the race to finish third in the Premier League this season, Frank Lampard’s side also sent the Foxes packing on Sunday afternoon, knocking them out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
After a dismal first half display, the Blues stepped things up after the break, with Lampard making a triple substitution at half time.
Amongst those to enter the fray ahead of the second 45 was Ross Barkley and the former Everton man proved to be the match-winner, netting the only goal of the game, which ensured the Blues set up a semi-final date with Manchester United next month at Wembley.
Whilst Barkley shone and made all the difference, how did the rest of the team get on?
Click here for football.london’s Chelsea player ratings vs the Foxes.
Following the full-time whistle at the King Power Stadium, Blues chief Lampard faced the media to run the rule over his side’s performance.
Whilst he was pleased with his side’s showing in the second 45, he blasted their first half performance, insisting they “hadn’t played as badly” all season.
Lampard explained: “I don’t think we played that badly this season for 45 minutes. We’ve played a lot better and lost games.
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“When it looks like I’m criticising I’m actually being positive that it’s not the norm for us. It felt like it had to be addressed and I’ll give the players a bit of leeway because of the situation, these are tight turnarounds and sometimes it’s relatively understandable.
“I wasn’t happy with that, we weren’t happy with that. The players wanted to win the game and we knew we needed more.
“We were fortunate not to be losing at half time and they delivered.”
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