Ballack has big Havertz message, Mertens opens up on possible Chelsea move, Germans confirm defender heading to Chelsea

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guys here is a roundup of the latest news, gossip and transfer speculation from over the past 24 hours..

Michael Ballack has sent a transfer message to Chelsea target Kai Havertz ahead of the summer window.

The season is on hold right now, as the coronavirus is taking over the world, but that has not stopped all the speculation in the media about possible signings that Frank Lampard could make at the end of the season.

Lampard may have one of the most exciting and creative sides in the Premier League right now, but he will need to spend some money in the next couple of windows to improve the side in certain areas, especially with the likes of Willian and Pedro seemingly on their way out of the club.

And according to recent reports on the ATHLETIC, we are now interested in trying to acquire the services of Havertz, who is easily regarded as one of the finest talents in the game and tipped to be one of the very best players around.

Havertz has become one of the most sought after players in the game, as he has scored 20 goals and provided four assists in all competition this season, meaning that this will be his most productive campaign to date.

It is believed that he will cost less that that £100 million price tag and we will only need to pay around £87 million to complete a possible transfer deal, a fee that will not be dropped by the German side.

But Ballack, who won the Premier League title and two FA Cup trophies during his four seasons at Chelsea, believes the environment for Havertz to develop at Leverkusen is ‘perfect’.

‘Players with his quality are in demand everywhere. But I think he’s in good hands in Leverkusen,’ Ballack told SportBild.

‘The conditions there are perfect for young top players and their development.

‘Bayer play attractive football and their training facilities are very good.

‘Leverkusen also offer a cautious environment, and as a player you can make mistakes without being the focus of criticism. You should appreciate that.

‘Of course a player like Kai Havertz has to play in the Champions League, so it would be important for Leverkusen to qualify for it.’

RB Leipzig have confirmed defender Ethan Ampadu will return to Chelsea this summer transfer window.

The Wales defender is on a season-long at the Bundesliga club from Stamford Bridge and after a defensive crisis has found himself finally getting some games, and he is really taking his chances over in the Bundesliga and putting in some very impressive performances.

However, despite his impressive performances at the Bundesliga outfit, Leipzig chief Markus Krosche that Ampadu will be making the move back to Chelsea when the summer arrives.

He told BILD: “The loan contract expires without an option.

“It’s been discussed that he will go back to Chelsea.”

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Ampadu recently admitted that he is hoping to resume his career back at Stamford Bridge, speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: “It’s my club, always has been and it will always be my home in football. It is great to see that [the other young players] are doing so well.

“They all have great talent and deserve every minute they get pitch time. It shows that young players under a young manager who believes in them can be successful in the Premier League.

“I’m in touch a little [with the other young players], and it’s been a great season for some of the younger players because the manager has shown such faith in them and so far, it’s turning out well.

“It points to an exciting future for the club. But my focus is at Leipzig until May and then the European finals with Wales.”

Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their summer transfer plans with Dries Mertens targeting a stay in Serie A should his Napoli contract expire.

We were able to delve into their transfer kitty this transfer window after getting their transfer ban overturned just a few months ago, but despite all the talk, and despite all the speculation surrounding possible new signings, Frank Lampard has been unable to complete the transfer deals that he would have liked and will now have to wait until the summer to get his transfer deals done.

And that has led to speculation in the media suggesting that a new striker will be a priority , as he needs to add a top-class forward to help Tammy Abraham out with the goals, with Mertens constantly linked with a free move to Stamford Bridge.

Reports have even suggested that Lampard has been in constant contact with the striker about a summer move, however, According to Sky Sports Italia, the 33-year-old would prioritise a move to the San Siro over a shot at the Premier League.

“Yes there is a buy-out clause. But I’m happy at Napoli and I want to stay. I really like Italy. I am good there and they treat me good,” Mertens told reporters.

“Yes there was interest [from Chelsea], and from other clubs also, but in my head there was never an intention to change clubs. This season was really good. I am gong to try and be even better next year.”

Look, a move to Chelsea at this stage in his career probably doesnt make sense as he would not be able to adjust to the quality of the Premier League, so staying put may be the best option?

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