It appears highly likely that Kai Havertz will bid farewell to Chelsea this summer, marking the end of a three-year tenure during which the German international failed to showcase his best form. With Real Madrid’s interest in securing his services, Havertz’s departure from Stamford Bridge seems imminent.
Despite his underwhelming overall performance, if Havertz does leave the Blues this summer, he will always hold a special place in Chelsea’s history. The forward famously scored the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final against Manchester City. It was a remarkable achievement that will be remembered by fans for years to come.
Kai Havertz won’t be the sole first-team player bidding farewell to Stamford Bridge, as N’Golo Kante appears to be enticed by a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia. The long-serving French midfielder has also accepted a £86 million-per-year deal from PIF-backed Al-Ittihad. It is also a club that recently secured Karim Benzema’s signature, as reported by Fabrizio Romano in The Guardian.
Expected Earnings for Chelsea from Havertz’s Sale
According to Steinberg’s report, Chelsea has set a significant £75 million price tag on Havertz this summer. As Real Madrid aims to secure his services as a replacement for the departing Karim Benzema. This substantial fee would enable the Blues to turn a profit after initially splashing out £71 million to acquire Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2020.
However, considering Havertz’s struggles since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, the high price tag comes as somewhat surprising. The German forward, once hailed as “exceptional” by Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. He has only managed to score seven goals in the Premier League as Chelsea endured a disappointing 12th-placed finish.
Having spent over £500 million on player acquisitions throughout the season. Chelsea will be keen to recoup some of the invested funds that failed to yield desired results. Additionally, Martyn Ziegler of The Times recently reported that Chelsea must offload certain players to comply with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. It has placed Havertz on the list of potential departures in the coming months.
If Havertz does depart, it could open the door for the rumored arrival of Christopher Nkunku. The RB Leipzig forward, who recently clinched the Golden Boot in the Bundesliga with 16 goals. He is said to be on the verge of joining Chelsea, according to Romano. Nkunku completed his medical examination as far back as September and signed a deal in December. With Nkunku’s imminent arrival, Havertz’s exit would come as little surprise. Particularly if Real Madrid continues its pursuit of the German forward.