Chelsea acted swiftly and decisively in signing Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner earlier this year, but the saga of Kai Havertz continues to drag on. That’s not necessarily a unique thing. It might even be a very common thing. But in this case we’ve had to be patient, even though we’ve been practically the only legitimate suitors for the 21-year-old’s signature.
But it sounds like the finish line might be in sight at long last. According to Bild’s Christian Falk, negotiations between the two teams have (finally) begun in earnest last week — personal terms had been agreed in principle some time ago, but we had to wait for Leverkusen to finish out their Europa League campaign to start the actual transfer talks.
Our Story: negotiations between @bayer04_en and @ChelseaFC for @kaihavertz29 started in the middle of last week. Havertz will become the most expensive German player of all time @SPORTBILD @AxelHesse1— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 18, 2020
And Transfer Oracle Fabrizio Romano has a few more details while confirming the state of play: Havertz remains our priority target and wants to join and all parties now want business concluded expediently but on their own (financial) terms. And that last bit is where the bulk of the contention appears to remain: namely in a €20m difference between Chelsea’s offer and Leverkusen’s asking price.
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[ ] Kai Havertz-Chelsea deal updates - Chelsea are still in talks with Bayer Leverkusen to sign Kai Havertz as their “priority target”. - Personal terms have been agreed weeks ago until June 2025. The player wants to leave the club and to join Chelsea, he’s pushing with his agents too. Bayer respect his decision but they’d not wait until the end of September to sell their best player. - The two clubs have had a contact on Monday and they’ve now a difference of €20M between Chelsea first bid and Bayer Leverkusen price tag. ⚠️ - Negotiations still on to find an agreement - also with “add ons” as part of the deal. Havertz is ready and wants to play Champions League football on next season but it’s up to Chelsea now. “Pay what we ask or we don’t sell any player”- German clubs way. Key days are coming for Havertz deal... #havertz #kaihavertz #chelsea #cfc #transfers
Considering that Chelsea have a few more bits of business to take care of this summer after Havertz, saving a few million could be helpful. Plus, it’s the principle of the thing.
In any case, sounds like we’re getting close, which is pretty exciting.