Chelsea have signed Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz in a deal worth up to £70million, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The Blues have already opened the cheque book to complete big-money deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell, while also adding Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva to their ranks on free transfers.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea.

“He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent.

“We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.”

Havertz, who scored 36 goals and contributed 25 assists in just 118 Bundesliga appearances despite his tender age, has long been lauded as one of Germany’s brightest talents.

He’s been compared to France legend Zinedine Zidane due to his intellect and fluidity on the pitch, and also to compatriot Michael Ballack – who himself played for Chelsea – because of his incredible record in front of goal.

Further transfer business is expected at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea are preparing to table another bid for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy after their initial offer was rejected.

Furthermore, West Ham’s Declan Rice also remains a target of Frank Lampard’s before October’s transfer deadline.

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