Chelsea would need to complete Kai Havertz transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in the coming days to avoid the mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation for the midfielder.
The 21-year-old’s transfer saga is closing to an end after Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz admitted that their leading goalscorer will not return to the club following his trip with Germany.
Havertz is currently in Stuttgart, along with two Chelsea stars Antonio Rudiger and Timo Werner, for Germany’s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Spain on Thursday (September 3) and Switzerland on Sunday (September 6).
Although the transfer is reportedly close (Sky Sports), a lot of Chelsea fans are understandably concerned about Havertz possibly having to undergo a quarantine period.
A two-week quarantine would mean the Germany international would miss the rest of their pre-season and could even miss their opening Premier League fixtures against Brighton on September 14.
Fortunately, there could be a way to avoid the quarantine, although Chelsea would have to complete the transfer in the next few days.
A statement from the UK government to Sky Sports said: “Donny van de Beek will not need a quarantine provided he registers as a Manchester United player before either of his games for the Netherlands.
“That means he is allowed to apply for an exemption on sporting grounds and exemption is granted to players who are competing in games abroad such as Liverpool’s pre-season in Austria.
“It affects all players in the Premier League and the EFL who is away on international duty.”
The statement primarily addressed Van de Beek’s situation amid his reported move to Manchester United, but as the last sentence suggested, it could also apply to Havertz.
It remains unclear whether he would need to register before Thursday since the game would be in Germany which is exempt from the UK’s travel quarantine list
He would have to register as a Chelsea player before Sunday though since Germany will travel to Switzerland for their second match which is in the quarantine list.
And from Chelsea’s standpoint, particularly the fans who have been waiting for the announcement, the sooner, the better.