Kai Havertz request has been rejected by Bayer Leverkusen chiefs as he looks to secure a switch to Chelsea.
The Blues have made the Germany international a top target going into the transfer window.
Frank Lampard has moved quickly to secure all the signings he has demanded.
Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have already joined while further plots are planned for the likes of Nick Pope, Declan Rice and Ben Chilwell.
But the next on the list is Havertz, and the midfielder is keen on making the switch.
After Leverkusen failed to qualify for the Champions League through the Bundesliga, that made up the 21-year-old’s mind.
And with Chelsea securing football in Europe’s most prestigious competition, that has seen the youngster decide on where he wants to go.
However, Leverkusen’s season is not over yet – and they face Rangers in the Europa League.
According to the Metro, Havertz is desperate for the chance to join Chelsea and wants a deal concluded by the end of next week.
That would mean that the German would play no role in their European campaign, something that has been rejected by the club, report Bild.
It could mean that Chelsea may have to wait as long as August 21 when the Europa League is over.
At the moment, there is no nightmare scenario with the transfer very much on the table but Lampard wants to conclude business swiftly.