Chelsea have finally agreed a record-breaking sum for the acquisition of hot German prospect Kai Havertz.
After a long wait, the Blues are just one step away from welcoming the midfielder to Stamford Bridge. Sky Sports have reported that the two clubs have shook on a transfer fee, which will see Chelsea fork out an eye-watering £89million – a new club record.
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This will be very welcome news for fans who have been on the edge of their seat, waiting for Havertz to join the West London outfit.
However, it appears that not everything was as simple behind the scenes. According to Marca (via Sport Witness), Chelsea was never the 21-year-old’s first choice. Instead, Havertz had his sights firmly set on a move to Real Madrid, who were forced to withdraw their interest due to the impact of coronavirus.
Indeed, with an £89m price tag, very few clubs would be able to find such a hefty amount of money in the current financial climate. Due to the fact Chelsea endured a two window transfer ban, they were able to splash the cash on making the move happen.
Marca claim that Havertz was firmly holding out for a bid from the La Liga giants and even rejected a move to Bayern Munich in order to give Madrid time to prepare a bid.
The playmaker and his entourage were reportedly unable to wait any longer for the hope that Los Blancos would see a change in their stance. When a move to Spain was firmly off the table, Havertz felt he had no option left but to approach Chelsea and listen to their offer.
Although, this won’t faze Frank Lampard and Co, who are finally close to finalising their deal with Bayer Leverkusen. The midfielder will become Chelsea’s sixth signing of the window and third prolific attacker.
Havertz tallied 12 goals and six assists in 30 league appearances last season, taking his overall Leverkusen total to 36 goals and 25 assists in 118 Bundesliga games played (via Transfermarkt).
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