Chelsea Complete Signing Of Kai Havertz From Bayer Leverkusen For £71m
Blues will pay almost the entire fee up front but with a small proportion coming in add-ons after successfully negotiating down Leverkusen’s £90m ($118m) asking price.
Havertz, 21, has penned a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge having been convinced to join the club after more than two months of talks.
Havertz speaking with Chelsea’s official website said;
I am very happy and proud to be here. For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here!
The Germany international becomes the latest addition to coach Frank Lampard’s squad with more than £200m ($260m) spent this summer in west London.
Havertz becomes Frank Lampard’s seventh summer addition, joining Germany team-mate Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Xavier Mbuyamba.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia speaking on the new deal expressed;
Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea. He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.
Having finished in fourth place last season, Chelsea will be expected to be much closer to runaway champions Liverpool in the upcoming 2020-21 campaign, as well as mounting a challenge in the Champions League.