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Chelsea Evening Headlines For Thursday, 16.

South American forward still faces uncertain Chelsea future

Chelsea forward Willian has reportedly yet to make a decision over his long-term future at Chelsea.

An update from UOL reports that the player is waiting for the west Londoners before he starts negotiating with other teams.

It’s well known that the Stamford Bridge outfit offered the winger a two-year extension, while Willian wants a three-year contract.

Now the player is believed to be waiting for another offer for the Blues so he can decide whether to stay or take any other offers.

It’s claimed that the last contact made by Frank Lampard’s side was before the pandemic.

Chelsea’s main worry about a three-year contract is said to be the drop in the player’s physical condition.

However, the report points out that the player has played in 90% of the club’s matches since his arrival, and his numbers don’t seem to be dropping.

UOL writes that there is no possibility that Willian will return to Brazil this summer transfer window and points out that he has recently been linked to Tottenham Hotspur and MLS sides.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has admitted that he is “not surprised” that Chelsea reportedly want to sign Jan Oblak during this summer’s transfer market.

“It does not surprise me, every year our most important players are wanted by the best in the world,” Diego told reporters.

“It is normal to always look for the best – and we have many. Some have left and others have stayed. I am not surprised that Chelsea admire Jan Oblak, he is a decisive player for us.

“But he is the captain and our participation every year in the Champions League helps us keep our best players so I hope he will continue with us.”

Chelsea target Argentine defender and 'affordable' transfer could be completed this summer

Sao Paulo teenager Gustavo Maia, Sparta Prague forward Adam Hlozek and Monaco's Malamine Efekele have all been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.

And now, according to French publication FootMercato, River Plate defender Luciano Vera has been added to that list of youthful talent.

Vera, 18, has made 14 appearances for Argentina's Under-17 squad - operating primarily as a right-back but has also been deployed on the opposite flank.

The teenager has never made a senior appearance for River Plate but that's not stopped European giants from taking an interest.

FootMercato claim the Blues are 'not unmoved' by his qualities and that he would be a very affordable addition this summer.

Arsenal receive discount on midfielder Mikel Arteta plans to partner with Thomas Partey

Barcelona to complete transfer for Brazil centre-forward on Wednesday

Man Utd linked with 'new Alvaro Morata' who has already rejected Arsenal.

Bayer Leverkusen want to delay Kai Havertz £89million transfer to Chelsea

Bayer Leverkusen have accepted that Kai Havertz has chosen to join Chelsea but the Bundesliga outfit want to delay the transfer until the end of August.

Leverkusen will grant Havertz his wish of a move to the Premier League and are open to selling the midfielder, but they are demanding a £89.8m transfer fee.

The 21-year-old has told Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz that he does not want to wait any longer before taking the next step in his career.

German publication Bild have reported that the German side will accept the fee in instalments but they want to keep Havertz for another six-and-a-half weeks.

That's because they are still in competing in the Europa League and letting their star man leave would significantly weaken their chances.

And according to Kicker, Leverkusen have apparently struck an agreement with Havertz which will allow him to leave despite having two years left on his contract.

Chelsea have already spent over £80m on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner from Ajax and RB Leipzig, respectively.

Havertz is hoping to link up with his international team-mates Werner and Antonio Rudiger next season.

But Oliver Bierhoff, sporting director for the German national team, has advised the star to hold off making any decision until Real show their hand.

"I know, but I mean it. He's a player for Real Madrid. He's very young, but has everything - talent, technique, physique.

"He's a complete player who will be very important for us, but he has to keep growing."

Havertz has won seven caps for Germany and is expected to be the country's main asset for many years to come.

He also scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and is hoping to lead Leverkusen to Europa League glory next month.

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