The longest transfer saga of this summer, at least for Chelsea, seems to be near its conclusion.
Bayer Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz has admitted that he does not "expect" Chelsea target Kai Havertz to train with the club from here on out.
Bayer Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz: “I no longer expect Kai Havertz or Kevin Volland to train with us again.”— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) August 31, 2020
Havertz is set to join Chelsea and Volland is due to move to Monaco. #B04 #CFC #ASMonaco
Peter Bosz on Chelsea spending big to sign Kai Havertz: "There are clubs and people, like Roman Abramovich in this case probably, who are able to and want to pay it. They will have calculated it well and Kai is not the only player joining Chelsea this summer." #B04 #CFC— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) August 31, 2020
Kai Havertz has been linked with Chelsea, for what it seems to be, forever, with the two sides, led Chelsea's Marina Granovskaia and Leverkusen's Rudi Völler enjoying an extremely lengthy and drawn out game of brinkmanship.
However, this comment by Bosz is the clearest indication yet that the game is over. While Völler has consistently claimed that the two clubs are nowhere near an agreement, these words from Bosz make that seem exactly what we expected it to be, a negotiation tactic.
...because Kai Havertz is a Chelsea player by one week! Just a matter of time to prepare the announcement, have medicals and complete the contracts for a €100m deal. Never been in doubt. [And Kevin Volland is joining Monaco]. Here we go confirmed, so #CFC #Chelsea #transfers https://t.co/Qglfeocab9— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2020
As a reminder from “Transfer Oracle” Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea will pay €80m up front to Leverkusen for Havertz, with €20m as add-ons. The delay in announcement seems to be due to little details such as the type of add-ons rather than anything significant.
We wouldn’t advise you to order your “Havertz” shirt just yet — you never truly know until things are official. But this transfer definitely looks to be a case of “when” rather than “if” at this point.
Here we go!
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[ ] Havertz is coming to Chelsea! - The deal has never been in doubt. Kai Havertz is joining Chelsea after the agreement reached 7 days ago: here we go confirmed and official soon - Chelsea will pay €80m to Bayer Leverkusen with €20m more by add ons. Havertz will sign his contract until June 2025 [personal terms agreed more than one month ago with Kai]. - Havertz deal has not been announced quickly by Chelsea because of the paperworks between the two clubs, complicated clauses [add ons related to UCL, Premier League and more], medical for Kai in London. Normal timing for a €100m deal. ⏳ - After signing Havertz, Chelsea board will try to sign also a new goalkeeper. Bayer Leverkusen are going to sell also Kevin Volland to Monaco and are in talks to sign Patrik Schick from AS Roma. [...and @kaihavertz29 is joining Chelsea, ‘here we go’ as one week ago. Just a matter of time ] #havertz #kaihavertz #chelsea #herewego #cfc