Kai Havertz is one of the biggest statement signings made by Chelsea in recent years — probably since Eden Hazard in 2012. The “generational talent” arrived for an eye-watering sum of (around) €80m (these fees aren’t exactly made public), which made him the join-record signing in club history, alongside Kepa Arrizabalaga, whose transfer fee we do know, since it involved paying the €80m buyout officially part of his contract at Athletic Bilbao.
Bayer Leverkusen had been holding out for around €100m for Havertz, but Chelsea were able to negotiate that down with most other clubs tightening their purse strings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And we also were able to do so by agreeing a few performance-based and achievement-based bonuses, one which would reportedly kick if we win the Champions League.
According to kicker, that bonus is only a measly €1m (and part of other unspecified bonuses), which really is just a drop in the bucket. But if activated, it would make Havertz the most expensive signing in club history. Of course, if we do win the Champions League, it will have been worth it several times over.
And speaking of moneys, recent reports put the grand total of bonuses that the players themselves could earn for a potential two-trophy-haul this season at around £11m (shared, not individual). DO IT!