Kai Havertz has left the Germany squad and arrives in London in order to complete his £90million move to Chelsea.
The German FA confirmed this morning that the midfielder, who is set to sign a five-year deal with Frank Lampard’s side, had been granted permission to leave the camp ahead of an “impending transfer to England.”
The deal, which will see Chelsea pay around £72million up front to Bayer Leverkusen, will take the Blues’ spending past the £220million mark for the summer.
Havertz was an unused sub as Germany drew 1-1 with Spain in their Nations League game last night, with Havertz new teammate and fellow summer signing Timo Werner scoring for Joachim Low’s side.
A statement from the German FA this morning read: “Kai Havertz left the German national team’s quarters in Stuttgart on Friday. The reason for this is the impending transfer to England.”
Bayer Leverkusen also confirmed that they had been in discussions with the national team in order to facilitate Havertz’s early exit.
ℹ️ Kai Havertz has left the Stuttgart headquarters of the German national team to clarify matters surrounding a potential move to Chelsea. This took place after a discussion with Bayer 04 and DFB leadership. pic.twitter.com/pjeAX7Aoe8
— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) September 4, 2020
This isn’t his medical, this isn’t talks, this isn’t contract disputes or a misleading existing contractual obligation with a sponsor.
Christian Falk of Bild first reported it, and he’s now followed up with quotes from Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller:
It’s a short flight from Stuttgart to London, and a short cab ride from a private airport into West London.
We could well see Havertz holding a Blue shirt this evening. That would draw to a close a long but ultimately incredibly satisfying transfer saga with positive news for Chelsea, who add one of the most in demand young players in world football to their number.
With just a week to go until the season starts, it will be a race against time to integrate him.
But against all odds, we’d be very surprised if we didn’t at least catch a cameo of the German international next weekend against Brighton.