CHELSEA are nearing the signing of Kai Havertz with Bayer Leverkusen reportedly agreeing a deal for his replacement.
Reports in Italy outline an agreement between the Bundesliga club and Roma for forward Patrik Schick.
The Czech Republic international spent last season on loan at RB Leipzig and Leverkusen were set to do battle with their divisional rivals for his permanent signature.
But Bayer have now agreed on a £24million transfer with Roma, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.
The deal will allow Havertz to head to West London with Schick taking his place in Peter Bosz's team.
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The Guardian report on a £90m deal being reached to bring the German to Chelsea.
Initially costing £72m, the attacking midfielder will earn Leverkusen an extra £9m if certain performance-related bonuses are fulfilled.
That is believed to include Chelsea winning the Champions League.
And the Blues will hand over a further £9m as an installment at a later date.
The deal should be completed this week with Bayer admitting they "don't expect" to see Havetrz again, after waving him off to Germany duty.
Havertz, 21, has been a star at BayArena since he became the club's youngest-ever Bundesliga player in October 2016.
A tally of 18 goals and nine assists in all competitions last season was not enough to secure the club Champions League football, pushing him towards a move.
And he will join countryman Timo Werner in the capital next season, along with fellow summer buys Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell.
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