Having already completed moves for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard are out for more, with Kai Havertz the next name on the list. According to BILD’s Christian Falk, the youngster is close to a deal that would make him the most expensive German player ever.
Chelsea Near Record-Breaking Kai Havertz Deal
Leverkusen Holding Firm on Transfer Fee
If there’s one thing Bayer Leverkusen have made clear during these negotiations, it’s that Chelsea will not be getting a “COVID discount” for Havertz. They can either pay the fee, or Havertz stays another year.
The reported asking price is £90 million, which is more than the Blues are willing to pay at the moment. However, they are looking to structure a deal that works in their favour using add-ons, meaning only £70 million could be paid upfront. They are also looking into instalments for the fee in order to maintain financial balance.
While Leverkusen have shown they are no pushovers, Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia is no slouch herself, and will surely not allow her club to be bullied into an exorbitant price tag.
There have been official talks already for days, and the two clubs are nearing an agreement, one that will suit both parties. The agreement will also suit Havertz himself, who has made it clear that he wants to leave this summer.
Kai Havertz Chooses Chelsea
Some clubs may have been priced out of a move this summer, but the German sensation still had no shortage of suitors, especially for next year. Picking Chelsea as his next destination was by no means a forced decision.
After talks with Lampard, as well as technical advisor and club legend Petr Cech, Havertz was excited by the project at Stamford Bridge, and truly believes it is the right place to take that next step in his career.
While the Blues may not have the prestige of Real Madrid or Barcelona, the 21-year-old fits right into the youth revolution Lampard is building in west London.
He is quick, technically skilled, an excellent finisher, and has impressive vision as well, all qualities that make him a threatening proposition alongside Werner, Ziyech and Christian Pulisic.
If all goes according to plan, Havertz will be wearing blue next season. It’s down to the hierarchy to finalise an agreement that has been coming for a long time now. And now, it’s right around the corner.