Kai Havertz has reportedly been granted permission to leave Germany’s training camp in Stuttgart to complete his move to Chelsea. The player is now set to undergo a medical and sign his contract before confirmation of his £90million switch from Bayer Leverkusen is confirmed.
Havertz is now heading for London where he will put the finishing touches on a move which will see him become Chelsea’s record signing.
The inital £72million deal, which could rise to £90m with add-ons, will surpass the £71m paid to Athletic Club in the summer of 2018 for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The German international was on the bench for his country last night in the 1-1 draw with Spain in the Nations League.
It’s understood that Chelsea struck an agreement with the German national team to keep him on the bench for the clash to avoid the potential risk of injury.
Germany are not back in action until Sunday when they take on Switzerland, who lost their opening fixture 2-1 to Ukraine.
By then, Havertz should be a Chelsea player as he looks to embark on his new chapter in west London.
He could make his Blues debut in their Premier League opener at Brighton on September 14.
Havertz could be lining up alongside fellow new boy and compatriot Timo Werner, who was on the scoresheet last night for Germany and on his Chelsea debut against the Seagulls in a pre-season friendly.
The two clubs have been in talks over a deal since July but finally reached an agreement at the start of last week in regards to the structure of the deal.
There have been conflicting reports as to whether Havertz has actually undergone a medical with the Blues.
Bild’s Christian Falk had claimed Havertz’s passed his medical in London last weekend but the German outlet have today reported that the player is heading to England to complete all the final formalities.
The Athletic claim there has been no medical as of yet and it is still due to take place.
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Havertz is set to become Chelsea’s sixth summer signing. He will team up with Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva at Stamford Bridge. Youngster Xavier Mbuyamba has also been brought in by director Marina Granovskaia.
As a gift for successful negotations, Chelsea are set to loan Bayer Leverkusen French centre-back Sarr following his arrival on a free transfer.
Frank Lampard’s spending is unlikely to stop there either and he still wants to bring in a new goalkeeper.
But first he may have to offload Arrizabalaga to raise funds. Rennes’ Edouard Mendy is an option while the club have also looked at Andre Onana and Gianluigi Donnarumma.