Chelsea striker Kai Havertz will undergo a physical this weekend before joining Arsenal, while negotiations with Declan Rice continue.
Due to the player’s schedule, Havertz’s physical is likely to take place abroad. An official announcement of his £65 million move might follow next week.
Since Havertz declared a desire to leave Stamford Bridge, Chelsea is reportedly happy with the trade.
It ends Havertz’s three-year stint with Chelsea, where he created history by netting the goal that led to the team’s second Champions League championship in 2021.
Chelsea signed Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020 for £75 million. But they were hoping to return a significant amount of their investment following a disappointing season.
The planned deal to Arsenal creates much-needed revenue for the Blues while improving and diversifying Mikel Arteta’s offensive options as the Gunners look to improve on their second-place finish in the Premier League last season.
Arsenal is still in negotiations with West Ham about signing Rice. They are going to submit a third bid after having their club-record offer of £90 million rejected.
However, Sky Italia claimed on Thursday that Manchester City are nearing an agreement to sign the West Ham captain. They are willing to pay £75 million plus £15 million in bonuses spread over two years for Rice.
Thomas Partey might also be on the move, with Juventus interested, albeit no formal approach has been made.
Before authorizing any exits, Arsenal wants some confidence regarding arrivals.
At Chelsea, how would Havertz be remembered? Which team would benefit the most from the deal? What characteristics make him so intriguing to Arsenal and Mikel Arteta?
Kai Havertz: Chelsea to Arsenal
Kai Havertz is on the verge of transferring from Chelsea to Arsenal.
90min believes that the two clubs have finally agreed on a transfer deal, with the Blues set to collect more than £65 million.
Havertz’s tenure at Stamford Bridge was hit and miss. He underperformed for the most part, despite Chelsea paying £71 million to entice him away from Bayer Leverkusen, sometimes going AWOL for lengthy chunks of games and never developing into a prolific scorer or playmaker. But it might be offset by the fact that he also scored the game-winning goal in the 2021 UEFA Champions League final.