Roman Abramovich Urged To Make Havertz Deal Happen Quickly

Chelsea will no longer play poker with Bayer Leverkusen over Kai Havertz as former Blues manager Avram Grant has asked owner Roman Abramovich to step in order to make the deal happen.

Chief transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia has been tasked with rebuilding the squad this summer.

However, she does not want to part with more than £70million for Leverkusen midfielder Havertz.

The Bundesliga side value their 21-year old sensation at £90million and do not want to break with that position.

Ex-Chelsea boss Grant believes the slow dealing won't last long if Abramovich is serious about the deal going through.

Speaking to Stats Perform News as quoted by Sports Central, Grant said: "Abramovich didn't have a problem with money before! When he wants something, he buys it. "He doesn't do things to save money. Whether they have more or less money, I don't think it's important. "What I think is important is that they started to use the academy. They spent so much money on it and they didn't give anyone a chance before. My policy at Chelsea was that we wanted one third of the squad as under-21 players, because you cannot invest a lot into the academy and not give them a chance. "Now, not as a policy, they gave them a chance, and Frank has done a great job. Michael Emenalo, a director, was always complaining that we invested a lot of money in them (academy players) but we don't give them a chance. "When you have a good young player, they can develop a lot and there are a lot of good talents at Chelsea, and we're in a good phase for the coming years. "With a good signing they can compete with Liverpool or Man City. Havertz has the quality. We need to wait and see if he's the one to bridge the gap.

Chelsea have already spent over £80million on Ajax and RB Leipzig's Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, respectively.

And Grant believes Frank Lampard has carefully reviewed the duo before approving the move.

Grant added: "On paper they look like good signings and that they can make the team stronger, but we need to wait and see. "We've seen years ago, Tottenham bought a lot of players but they bought too much and many didn't perform well - eventually Harry Redknapp saved them and did a very good job. "I think you need to be careful when you sign a player, whether they will be good for the squad, but I'm sure they've checked this. It's not only about quality.