Chelsea are expecting Bavarian giants Bayern Munich to move for their 23-year-old Kai Havertz next summer.
What’s the word?
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Phillips said: “I think Chelsea are expecting that. They know there’s interest there. They’ve known that for a while so they’re waiting for Bayern to make that offer. But you know, that will be in the summer, that won’t be in January.
“Chelsea wouldn’t entertain it in January.”
A big claim
Having immortalised himself in West London, for his Champions League-winning efforts that made him a “hero” at Stamford Bridge, as dubbed by George Benson on Twitter, the £150k-per-week asset has failed to reach the heights that we saw in the Bundesliga during his time with Bayer Leverkusen.
The 23-year-old has found himself in somewhat of a positional conundrum, with former boss Thomas Tuchel opting to play the German international at striker for parts of last season.
But judging by Graham Potter’s first game in charge against RB Salzburg in the Champions League, it looks as though he fancies Havertz as an outright number 10, which is the position in which he secured his rise to prominence.
With an average of 19.08 pressures, the starlet offers a much greater sense of abrasiveness to the front-line than many would think and is of course productive with his attacking style, having averaged 2.57 shot-creating actions and 2.34 progressive passes per game over the last year.
The move will of course depend on the value that Potter places on the 23-year-old, as well as the player’s desire to secure a move back to familiar territory in the Bundesliga.
But only time will tell. Nevertheless, this is a big transfer claim in a move that would suit both Bayern and Havertz down to a tee.