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Chelsea in danger of missing out on Havertz after Sheffield defeat

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A report has claimed Kai Havertz would only consider joining Chelsea this summer if they qualify for the Champions League.

Over the past weeks, Kai Havertz has been one of the top names regarding a big summer transfer.

It was previously reported that the starlet has had enough at Bayer Leverkusen and has told the club of his desire to seek new pastures.

So far, Chelsea appear to be leading the race to sign Havertz this summer. Rumors have it that the Blues are preparing to launch a bid for the forward.

But, according to SportBild’s head of football, Christian Falk, Havertz wants to leave the BayArena because of their failure to qualify for the Champions League.

He adds that Chelsea must qualify for the Champions League to convince him of a move to Stamford Bridge.

This comes after Chelsea’s pursuit of a top-four finish was damaged on Saturday. They fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat against high-flying Sheffield United.

It now leaves the Blue’s hopes of signing Havertz hanging on a thread.

Should Leicester City beat Bournemouth on Sunday and Manchester United take all three points against Southampton on Monday, Chelsea would drop out of the top-four.

There could still be further hope for Chelsea if Man City fail in their quest to overturn their European ban.

Havertz is valued at £75 million but Chelsea would have to match his £90m buyout clause if they wish to prize him away from the Bundesliga club.  

Falk has recently said that Chelsea are willing to match that fee . However, they would prefer to pay it in installments.