Kai Havertz is set to join Chelsea in the near future (Image: GETTY)
Kai Havertz is expected to complete his transfer to Chelsea in the near future.
Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Kai Havertz for a club-record fee in the near future, but the midfielder reportedly had other plans earlier this summer. Chelsea have won the race to reach an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign Havertz this summer.
An announcement is expected after the international break with Havertz joining for an initial fee worth £72million which would potentially rise to £90m.
Havertz joining Chelsea would take Frank Lampard’s summer spending to in excess of £200m following deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell.
Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr have also joined as free agents, but the latter will leave to go on a season-long loan to another club.
It has been reported that Leverkusen could well be where Sarr is sent on loan as part of the deal for Havertz.
Havertz has established himself as one of Europe’s most promising young stars over the past few years.
The 21-year-old scored 38 goals and provided 16 assists over the last two seasons.
Him joining Lampard’s new side will undoubtedly make them a serious threat in the Premier League.
But Marca report Chelsea could have easily missed out on signing the talented midfielder.
Chelsea weren’t the only team interested in signing Havertz earlier this summer with Real Madrid tipped as being strong contenders for his signature.
The coronavirus pandemic though forced Real to alter their transfer plans for the summer and it appears as though they have since been priced out of a move.
However, the report claims Havertz had been holding out for Real to change their stance.
It is said that Havertz had asked his agent to contact Real personally to try and gauge whether a transfer would be possible.
He also reportedly rejected proposals from other clubs, including Bayern Munich, earlier in the summer in the hope the Spanish giants would make an approach.
Time went on and the La Liga giants reportedly didn’t respond which led to Havertz ultimately choosing to agree terms on a move to Chelsea.
No official confirmation has been made but Chelsea fans will be able to catch Havertz in action tonight when Germany face Spain in the Nations League.
He will most likely be lining up alongside Werner as well, who is expected to make his Chelsea debut when the Premier League starts next weekend.