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Chelsea transfer target wants to take the ‘next step’ in his career, admits Leverkusen chief

Bayer Leverkusen CEO, Fernando Carro is the latest to address the media on the Kai Havertz situation, confirming the 21-year-old’s desire for a new challenge 

The German midfielder is expected to complete a high-profile move after another fine individual campaign. Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro says that Chelsea target Kai Havertz wants to take “the next step” in his career.

Progress still fairly slow, despite Leverkusen’s elimination from the Europa League last week. According to Kicker, however (via Inside Futbol), Leverkusen are now also hoping to finalize Kai’s sale soon, so that they can focus and prepare for their own incoming transfers for next season.

Havertz has emerged as one of the most talented and sought after young players in Europe since graduating to Leverkusen’s senior squad in 2016.

The 21-year-old German has provided 46 goals and 31 assists in his 150 outings for the Bundesliga outfit, earning a regular spot in Germany‘s national team in the process.

Peter Bosz’s side finished fifth in the Bundesliga league last season, while also reaching the DFB-Pokal final and the quarter-finals of the Europa League, with Havertz widely considered to have been the driving force behind their push for silverware across multiple fronts.

The German playmaker bagged his 18th goal of the season in Leverkusen’s defeat to Inter in their Europa League tie, which is expected by many to be his last appearance for the club.

The likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United have all been linked with Havertz in recent months, but Chelsea are thought to be the favourite to win his signature.

Goal has reported that the Blues have been in contact with Leverkusen to discuss a potential €76 million (£69m/$90m) deal, as Frank Lampard looks to continue to build his team which has already seen Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech arrive at Stamford Bridge.

Although the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement as Leverkusen continue to hold out for a fee of at least €100 million (£90m/$118m) for their star player, Carro has now admitted that the prized asset has his heart set on a move.

The Leverkusen chief told German newspaper Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger: “It has always been clear that there will be talks once the Europa League is over for us. Still, there is no formal offer yet.

“Kai has told us about his desire to take the next step. Whether that can be materialized soon, I can’t say at the moment.“There are several clubs who have Kai in their plans for the future.”