Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz has made it clear to Bayer Leverkusen that he wants to leave this summer, according to the club's CEO Fernando Carro.
The Blues have been heavily linked with a swoop for Havertz and Carro has revealed that the player has "voiced his desire to make the next step".
Speaking to German publication Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger, Carro said: "It was always clear that we will have talks once the Europa League season concluded.
"Kai has voiced his desire to make the next step. At the moment, I can't say whether this will work out in the near future or not."
Carro's comments come after the club's sporting director Rudi Voller claimed that Havertz will only leave if "certain requirements are met".
Speaking to Kicker, Voller said: "No decision has been made yet. I'd like to repeat myself by emphasising that we're talking about a wonderful footballer. There is nothing new in this regard.
"We have a clear and mutual agreement with him and his representatives that he can only leave if certain requirements are met. Otherwise he will stay."
Kai Havertz to Chelsea transfer update provided by Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller
Meanwhile, former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole believes the potential addition of Havertz, alongside new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, would make Frank Lampard's side a formidable outfit going forward.
"Frank has had a brilliant first season and added two players, and maybe Havertz as well," Cole told StatsPerformNews. "Our attacking threat is amazing and the fans will be happy.
"Hopefully they can add Havertz to make their attacking threat even more potent. It is a young squad, with young players who have top quality and have played in top leagues being added.
"It’s good to see them at Chelsea and hopefully they can quickly integrate into the team ahead of next season."
Lampard recently responded to the speculation surrounding Havertz, saying: "I wouldn’t expect anything but it’s our job to go away and see what happens and see where we can improve.
"In a footballing sense, I feel like I know where we can improve but now it’s time to look at that."
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