Why Chelsea have Kai Havertz transfer advantage over Manchester United

Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz will want to join Chelsea over Manchester United so that he can live in London, according to former Premier League midfielder Keith Andrews.

United and Chelsea are both on course to qualify for the Champions League next season as Manchester City are expected to be banned.

That means both clubs should be able to offer a similar amount in wages and the opportunity to play in Europe’s premier competition.

However, Havertz may make his final decision because of the location of the clubs.

“When you look at what’s going on at Chelsea in the last 12 months with the transfer ban and the rebuilding job, the patience which Frank Lampard has had to have,” ex-Blackburn ace Andrews told Sky Sports.

“Now we are seeing players that look like they are going to an exciting type of project.

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“When you look at Manchester United, the size and enormity of the club, maybe the personnel that [Solskjaer] is starting to get in line, he is guaranteed to start at Manchester United because he is a magnificent player and young talent.

“The geographical issue is always there with players coming to England as they favour living in London.”

Former West Brom and Sunderland striker Don Goodman also thinks Chelsea have the advantage.

“I think the London aspect, when coming from abroad, has over the years probably continued to be a massive pull,” he added.

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However, Chelsea and United are not on their own in keeping tabs on the Germany international.

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also weighing up a summer move for the star who has scored 11 goals and registered five assists this campaign.

Leverkusen will drive a hard bargain as they hope to spark a bidding war between the European powerhouses.

A minimum £70million price tag has been slapped on the winger but that figure could rise should the interest peak.

Havertz does not have a release clause on his contract, which runs until 2022.

That means all the power is in the Bundesliga side’s hands.

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