CONFIRMED: Chelsea sign Kai Havertz

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Chelsea have completed and confirmed the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

It has been coming. Chelsea were reported to be deep in talks with Leverkusen after the player had decided he wants to move to Stamford Bridge and play under Frank Lampard. Personal terms were never really a problem, but the final transfer fee took a very long time to agree. Eventually, the Londoners had to agree to Leverkusen’s demands, which were a total of €100 million, and they will reportedly be paying €80m straight up, with €20m to follow through various achievable add-ons.

The acquisition of the talented attacking midfielder comes in the wake of those of winger Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, centre-back Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain and left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City. Meanwhile, winger Willian has left to join Arsenal and Pedro Rodriguez has made his way to AS Roma. The squad that will be under the command of manager Frank Lampard in 2020/21 has certainly taken shape.

As usual when a player signs for a new club, Havertz said he was ‘happy and proud’ to become a Chelsea player, and director Marina Granovskaia said the club were feeling the same way about signing a player who is “one of the best players of his age in world football”.

Havertz left the Germany international squad to go to London to undergo the medical and complete the move, as his international teammates prepare to take on Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday. To avoid any risk of injury, he was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw against Spain on Thursday.