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Chelsea ready to cough up £31m for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany starlet

Bundesliga club are resigned to losing the whizkid full-back who signed a contract extension but has a get-out clause

CHELSEA are lining up a £31million summer bid for German whizkid Benjamin Henrichs.

The Bayer Leverkusen  full-back, 21, is rated the Bundesliga’s best young defender and he is aware of the Blues’ interest.

Benjamin Henrichs is a top Premier League target, with Chelsea in pole position

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Benjamin Henrichs is a top Premier League target, with Chelsea in pole position

Henrichs has been with Leverkusen since he was eight and signed a two-year contract extension last summer, keeping him at the club until 2022.

But that deal has a £31m get-out clause and club chiefs are resigned to losing him.


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Antonio Conte is still heavily involved in trying to bring in new players, despite uncertainty over the Italian’s future.

Henrichs, who made his full debut for Germany in 2016, has been on the radars of Manchester rivals City and United.

Germany starlet Benjamin Henrichs signed a contract extension with Leverkusen but is still expected to leave this summer

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Germany starlet Benjamin Henrichs signed a contract extension with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen but is still expected to leave this summer

Full-back Benjamin Henrichs could take his pick from a host of top clubs at the end of the season

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Full-back Benjamin Henrichs could take his pick from a host of top clubs

Conte  repeatedly moaned his squad was not strong enough to cope with the added demands of European football this season.

He signed Emerson Palmieri in January as cover and competition for left wing-back Marcos Alonso — and now wants the German to do the  same  with Victor Moses on the right.

If Conte is dumped by Chelsea this summer, his next job will NOT be a return to the Italy hotseat.

Azzurri FA chiefs wanted Conte but could not come to an agreement, so turned to Roberto Mancini.

The former Manchester City chief has agreed to take charge after Zenit St Petersburg’s last game of the  Russian season on May 13.

Italy  axed Gian Piero Ventura last year after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Benjamin Henrichs and Lars Bender reflect on their German Cup semi-final exit against Bayern Munich

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Benjamin Henrichs and Bayer Leverkusen Lars Bender reflect on their German Cup semi-final exit against Bayern Munich