Chelsea urged to sell big-money signing to Euro giant if he flops in ‘make-or-break’ season

Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz

A journalist thinks Chelsea will look to sell Kai Havertz in summer 2023 if the forward has an underwhelming campaign under new boss Graham Potter.

Chelsea spent a reported £71million to sign Havertz from German side Bayer Leverkusen in September 2020. That came after he notched 12 goals in 30 Bundesliga games during the 2019-20 season.

Havertz arrived in England with big promise after excelling in his native Germany. However, he struggled in his debut Chelsea campaign and only managed four league goals.

He found the net once in 12 Champions League outings. Luckily for Chelsea, this came in the final of the competition as they beat Manchester City 1-0 to lift the coveted trophy.

The attacking midfielder, who can also operate at centre-forward, did better last season and doubled his Premier League goalscoring tally. However, he is still yet to show exactly why Chelsea paid such big money on him. He needs to perform well for several matches in a row to get the full backing of the Chelsea fans.

Havertz got on the scoresheet in Chelsea’s final league game before the international break, helping the Blues beat West Ham 2-1.

Chelsea are now in a new era following Thomas Tuchel’s sacking and the arrival of his replacement, Graham Potter.

Havertz had a good relationship with Tuchel, but he must now work hard to gain his new manager’s trust.

Kai Havertz facing big campaign

Chelsea reporter Simon Phillips believes this is a ‘make-or-break’ season for the 23-year-old. He could be sold if he fails to increase his goal contributions and influence on the side.

During an interview with GiveMeSport, Phillips said: “I think this is a make-or-break season for Kai Havertz. If he doesn’t continue to grow and get better, then I think Chelsea would definitely listen to a good offer if it did come in from Bayern Munich or elsewhere. It really is on Kai Havertz.”

It is interesting that Phillips brings up the possibility of Havertz going to Bayern. According to a report from German outlet Sport1 in August, Bayern enquired about Havertz’s availability during the summer transfer window.

They look like the prime suitors for him, should Chelsea decide to cut their losses and sell.

While this season is an important one for the Germany international, he could finally prove his worth in a Chelsea shirt.

Havertz looked dangerous during the recent game between England and Germany at Wembley. He hit a brace as they drew 3-3, taking England’s winless run to six games.

These two goals will give Havertz plenty of confidence as he looks to add to his sole Premier League strike. The former Leverkusen ace will be hoping to be given a start by Potter when Chelsea come up against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Meanwhile, Chelsea appear set to trigger the release clause of a Bundesliga player and have already got him to complete a medical.