Kai Havertz has left Germany’s training camp to finalise his record-breaking move to Chelsea, according to reports.
A deal has been in the works for Havertz between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen for the past few weeks. It now looks like the Blues are about to get the deal done to capture their number one target.
The Athletic are reporting that a deal is now very close to being finalised, and Havertz should become a Chelsea player within in the next 24 hours.
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The report adds that Havertz has now departed training for Germany’s national team, to complete his move to Frank Lampard’s side.
The 21-year-old was an unused sub as Germany drew 1-1 with Spain on Thursday night in their opening Nations League game.
Chelsea’s deal for the attacker would break their previous transfer record of £70m to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga. The German would cost the Blues an initial £70 plus add-ons that could take the deal close to £100m.
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Havertz has been regarded as one of the most promising young players in Europe in recent years. The forward first made it into Leverkusen’s first-team when he was just 17 years old.
He has been an ever-present for the Bundesliga side over the past four seasons. His best campaigns personally have come over the past two years.
In 2018/19, he scored 20 times from 42 appearances in all competitions. Then last term he bagged a further 18 times from his 45 appearances domestically and in Europe.
This is a huge statement signing for the Blues, who have already had a busy transfer window. Lampard’s side have been the biggest Premier League spenders this summer, with Havertz being their sixth new addition.
Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech joined for around £37m at the start of the window. Chelsea have also brought in Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell, both for roughly £50m.
The Blues have also brought in former PSG captain Thiago Silva and Nice centre-back Malang Sarr on free transfers.