Chelsea look set to continue their summer spending spree - though another day without a Kai Havertz announcement is another day in which we’re seeing incremental progress on the move.
The Bayer Leverkusen man isn’t the only player whose future is still being finalised, though.
Chelsea are likely to be selling as well as buying this summer, and we have a couple of updates on two players who may be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge this summer in order to counterbalance some of the big spending.
While Chelsea have done a lot of early business, the new season is less than two weeks away and most top-flight clubs will be keen to get everything wrapped up before the first game of the season, where possible.
Havertz ‘completes medical’ ahead of Chelsea move
Kai Havertz has reportedly completed his Chelsea medical ahead of a transfer which at this stage looks like a formality.
The German underwent tests on Sunday, according to Bild (via football365), and is expected to complete his move from Bayer Leverkusen in what would be a record signing for Chelsea.
Havertz is on international duty with Germany, who have Nations League matches at home to Spain and away in Switzerland, with Blues duo Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner also in the 2014 world champions’ squad.
The 21-year-old is expected to set Chelsea back an initial ￡72million, which would make Havertz the club's fourth big-money signing this summer.
Bild’s report claims “the formalities are done”, though it remains to be seen when the deal will be announced.
Kanté move 'would be excellent' for Serie A
N’Golo Kanté continues to be linked with a reunion with Antonio Conte at Inter Milan as the Nerazzurri prepare to launch another title challenge.
Chelsea are reported to want ￡60m for the midfielder, potentially providing a stumbling block in negotiations, but former Blues boss Claudio Ranieri believes a move could be huge not just for the Milanese club but for the league as a whole.
“He would be an excellent acquisition for the Nerazzurri certainly, but absolutely for the Italian league," Ranieri told Gazzetta dello Sport (via football.london).
“Kanté is a golden boy, a great professional, who always knows how to put passion and enthusiasm at the team’s disposal.
"He is a world champion - he would further raise the level of our league.”
Ranieri was the manager who first brought the French midfielder to the Premier League, signing him for Leicester City in 2015 and winning the title with Kanté playing a pivotal role.
The Italian is now at Sampdoria, having taken over at the Serie A club last season and saved them from relegation.
Premier League newcomers make Batshuayi approach
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Michy Batshuayi has been linked with a move to Leeds this summer, but now there appears to be another newly promoted Premier League side looking at the Belgian.
Batshuayi started just five games for Chelsea last season, and is due to drop further down the pecking order now that Timo Werner has completed his move from RB Leipzig.
And now, according to Football Insider, West Brom have made an approach for the former Marseille man ahead of a potential deal.
The Baggies are keen on a loan move for Batshuayi,though Chelsea have been hopeful of engineering a permanent exit for a man who cost them ￡33m back in 2016.
Batshuayi has already spent time on loan at Crystal Palace, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia since moving to Stamford Bridge, and Albion are keen to add firepower to their team, having earned promotion despite none of their players scoring more than 11 league goals last season.