Chelsea identified £32m Ligue 1 attacker as Kai Havertz’s alternative

By | August 14, 2020

Chelsea will reportedly turn focus to securing the services of Jonathan Ikone from Ligue 1 giants Lille should they fail to reach an agreement with Bundesliga outfits Bayer Leverkusen playmaker for Kai Havertz.

The West London club remain locked in talks with German outfits over a deal for Havertz, who is supposedly keen on pushing through a switch to Premier League.

However, the longer discussions drag on the more likely the Blues are to look elsewhere and, according to Le 10 Sport, Ikone has been identified as a cheaper alternative.

Four-cap France international Ikone, previously touted as a transfer target for German giants Borussia Dortmund, founded back of the net three times and provided six assists in Ligue 1 from attacking midfield last season.

Lille supposedly values the 22-year-old at around the £32m mark – a substantial saving on the £90m Leverkusen are after for fellow versatile forward Kai Havertz.

Ikone has spent the past two campaign at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy following spells with PSG and Montpellier, where he started his football career.

Chelsea still prioritise signing of Kai Havertz ahead of the next campaign, however, Ikone seems to be a perfect alternative for the German international star.