Kai Havertz has told Chelsea he wants to join them this summer and is ready to hand in a transfer request to make it happen.
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich do not have the money to buy Havertz in this window and asked him to wait a year before leaving Bayer Leverkusen.
But the 21-year-old wants out now and has been offered a five-year deal by the Blues, who have been in talks with his agent for weeks.
Havertz is impressed by Chelsea’s ambition with the club having already signed his Germany team-mate Timo Werner as well as Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
And his stance gives them greater negotiating power with Leverkusen, who want at least £90m for a player Chelsea rate closer to £70m.