After agreeing on deals to sign Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, and with Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva nearly onboarded with a €50m deal and free transfer respectively, Frank Lampard's Chelsea's signing frenzy has now reportedly shelled out a cool €100m to snare Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
As per Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are now just 'one step away' from securing the services of the German and that a 'total agreement' is just a few hours away, once the 'last bid will be accepted'.
Kai Havertz to Chelsea, one step away and then... here we go! Total agreement to be reached on nest hours with Bayer Leverkusen. Last bid is going to be accepted. €80M + €20M add ons as final fee. Last details and paperworks time. 🔵 #CFC #Havertz #Chelsea— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 24, 2020
That last bid is apparently €100m, including €80m along with €20m of addons. While the sum is no doubt eye-opening, it is warranted given the 21-year-old's impressive 2019/20 season for Bayer that saw him score 12 goals and provide six assists in 30 Bundesliga appearances.
Despite his efforts, however, Bayer failed to qualify for next season's Champions League, providing Havertz with the perfect reason to look for an exit, and Lampard helped him find the door.
Havertz's skill and self-reliance
Like German football expert Raphael Honigstein put it to Sky Sports recently, “He (Havertz) is an outstanding talent, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. He’s in a position where he could dominate the German national team over the next decade, depending on his position.
“Will he play in the No. 10 role and become the new Mesut Ozil or will he settle a bit deeper and become the new Toni Kroos? He’s got the ability to play almost anywhere in front of the defence."
Honigstein stressed on Havertz's ability to combine his technical ability with self-sufficiency when it comes to 'creating goals himself'.
“I think the best way to sum it up is that he’s a cross between Mesut Ozil and Michael Ballack. Both of them individually in their prime were pretty good players but a combination of both players in their prime, he’ll be an absolute superstar.
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Martin Meissner