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Kai Havertz - The latest

Critics of Bayern Munich accuse the Bavarians of always "buying the Bundesliga." Bayern have been painted as villains who poach the best players from Germany to make everyone else weaker and strengthen themselves. However, this summer, it looks like someone else is buying the Bundesliga, as two of the 2019-20 season's best players are on the move to the same club. Rather than Bayern, it's Chelsea who have snapped up two of the top talents in Germany, with Kai Havertz set to follow Timo Werner to Stamford Bridge. It's not quite "buying the Bundesliga," but it is Chelsea buying themselves back into contention in the Premier League. Frank Lampard has been frustrated by Chelsea's lack of firepower this season, turning to Olivier Giroud up front when Tammy Abraham's goals dried up. The World Cup winner is a perfect stopgap player in attack, but is getting closer and closer to retirement. Werner should help provide some of the goals that have been missing, having been the only player to come close to Robert Lewandowski in the race for top scorer in Germany this season. Now, Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Havertz, who has been called Bayer Leverkusen's best-ever player by managing director Rudi Voller, despite coming after the likes of Michael Ballack and just being 21-years-old. Havertz can play in a lot of attacking positions, including up front, but plays best as a number 10. He has discussed a five-year deal with the Blues, who still have to agree a fee with Leverkusen, but everything points to a positive agreement between all parties. Havertz and Werner join an already stocked Chelsea frontline, which will be further bolstered by the addition of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Figuring out where to fit all his forwards will be one of Lampard's biggest challenges in 2020-21, but it is something he will relish, and something the rest of the Premier League will fear.

Ronan Murphy


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