Kai Havertz could finally sign for Chelsea today
Chelsea could finally secure the signing of Kai Havertz today, Peter Bosz has claimed. (The Sun On Sunday)
Chelsea are also on the agenda, with the panel discussing the form of Kepa, their early business and the possible arrival of Kai Havertz
The Premier League transfer window only opened yesterday, but Chelsea have already made two significant signings. The previously agreed deals to bring in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have now been concluded, and the pair are already training at Cobham – with two matches still left to play in the 2019-2020 season.
But teams have to balance what they need with what is available, and right now there’s no question that Kai Havertz is a player on another level to any of the left backs, centre backs or goalkeepers on the market.
An unbalanced squad with world class players is better than a balanced one made up of mediocre ones. We’ve seen Chelsea waste vast sums year after year trying to buy depth for their team – now the club is finally using the academy to fill out those spaces, the cash can be focused on making sure that every arrival is top quality.
The discussion would be different if there was a top level central defender or goalkeeper available. But as it stands there is not, while Havertz looks to be a potential superstar up for grabs.
It would also be a different case if Frank Lampard was fighting for his job season by season – as almost every Chelsea manager in living memory has. Then the pressure is on succeeding that weekend, and then the one after that. There’s no time to think about next season.
In terms of the campaign to come, Lampard might find he would earn more points by spending money on defensive recruitment. But with the luxury of looking at the squad in terms of a 3/4 year “cycle”, there’s no doubt that spending €100m or so on Havertz, accompanied by a couple of cheap defensive options to tide us over for a season or two -until Havertz-level players become available in those positions too – would likely be the smarter move
There is a verbal agreement between the clubs for the fee and contract of the player. All that remains is waiting for the Europa League to end.
All they are negotiating is the bonus structure and payment plan
Kai will be blue 🔵
— Carefree Eddy (@CFCEddy_) August 1, 2020
Frank Lampard’s side took an early lead at Wembley through Christian Pulisic but two goals from Piere-Emerick Aubameyang sealed victory for the Gunners.
Cech, who returned to Chelsea last summer as their technical and performance advisor, was in the stands to watch the match.
And after leaving Wembley on Saturday evening, the former goalkeeper was approached by a Chelsea supporter who asked if the club will be signing Havertz this summer.
But Cech simply replied with a laugh and said: ‘Good try!’
Reports in Germany have claimed that Havertz is keen to join Chelsea and the Premier League club are willing to meet Bayer Leverkusen’s €100 million (£89.8m) asking price.
However, Leverkusen are only willing to let Havertz leave once their Europa League campaign finishes this summer, which could be as late as August 21 if they reach the final.
Meanwhile, Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has revealed that Havertz has already made a decision over his future.
‘I talk to Kai a lot and try to feel what all this does to him. For example, these daily rumours about transfers,’ he told Deutschen Presse-Agentur.
‘I keep finding that Kai is handling all of this very well. I don’t think he will stop playing at 29.
‘Yes, I know what he wants to do, but of course I’m not going to give it away, it’s up to him.’
Chelsea have made their opening bid for Kai Havertz after meeting with Bayer Leverkusen this week.
Chelsea have reportedly submitted their first formal bid for Kai Havertz after Petr Cech jetted to Germany this week to meet Bayer Leverkusen chiefs and the player himself.
Frank Lampard has made Havertz his top target following the arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
Talks have been going on behind the scenes for a number of weeks and a first offer has finally been made.
Transfer expert Ian McGarry claims Chelsea officials flew to Leverkusen this week and were satisfied enough to make an opening bid.
The Blues have apparently tabled a £45million upfront fee with £9m in add-ons.
Leverkusen are not expected to accept that proposal as they are holding out for a figure closer to £81m.
“Chelsea’s pursuit of German international Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen has progressed a little bit,” McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast.
“It is our understanding that Chelsea met with Bayer Leverkusen officials this week. Petr Cech had visited Leverkusen to speak to officials there and the player about a possible move to Stamford Bridge.
“That has resulted in an opening bid of 50m euros plus 10m euros in add-ons.
“Leverkusen continue to value the player at 90m euros. That is something Chelsea feel is not a fair price for the 21-year-old.
“However, they are obviously keen to get the player and are willing to pay.”
Fellow transfer expert Duncan Castles has explained why Havertz may not be guaranteed a starting spot if he moves to Stamford Bridge.
“They are certainly not trying to sign him as a luxury player,” he said.
“That will come down to Frank Lampard’s decision as to how he wants to play him.
“It took a degree of time for [Christian] Pulisic to get into Frank Lampard’s thoughts for this season and he managed to do it.
“Lampard makes the decisions as to the best team on the pitch for a given game rather than the transfer fee or salary the player is being paid.
“This is a manager who dropped the most expensive goalkeeper in the world [Kepa Arrizabalaga], based on transfer fee, for the decisive final game of the season