Chelsea are set to announce Kai Havertz as their latest summer signing and transfer chief Marina Granovskaia may have helped take off some of the pressure from the Germany international. Havertz has been Chelsea’s top transfer target throughout the summer with negotiations going on for several months.
The midfielder reportedly had been holding out for an approach from Real Madrid.
When it became clear that no offer was forthcoming, negotiations with Chelsea soon sped up.
Now Havertz is set to join Frank Lampard’s side before the start of the new Premier League season.
He left the Germany national squad to fly into London for a medical ahead of what was thought to be a club-record transfer.
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Reports have claimed that Chelsea would pay an initial fee worth £72million with add-ons taking it up to £90m.
That would have trumped the £72m they paid to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2018.
But the Telegraph report Havertz will in fact not be Chelsea’s record signing, even with add-ons.
It is said that Chelsea will pay just £62m up front with potential add-ons only totalling up to £70m.
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Given how Kepa has struggled to live up to being the club’s record signing, Havertz will undoubtedly be relieved to not take that mantle away from the goalkeeper.
Havertz’s imminent arrival though will still take Chelsea’s spending for the summer to over £200m.
Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell have all joined for big fees while veteran defender Thiago Silva has arrived as a free agent.
Frank Lampard will now have to work out a plan to incorporate his new faces into the starting line-up while also keeping the rest of his squad happy.
Havertz could be available as early as next week to make his Chelsea debut if the medical is completed in time.
The Blues travel to face Brighton on September 14 in their first game of the season before a difficult game just six days later against defending champions Liverpool.
Chelsea’s transfer activity this summer suggests Roman Abramovich is hoping for more of a push at the top end of the table.
And the early match against Liverpool with all Chelsea’s new signings on board could be an early test to see how Lampard’s new-look side could fare this season.
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