Chelsea have reached an agreement to bring German superstar Kai Havertz to Stamford Bridge for a club-record fee, according to a report.
The Blues made their intentions clear to attack the summer transfer window with all their financial might.
Several high-profile names have been brought in, most notably the acquisition of clinical centre-forward Timo Werner.
The German international appears set to be joined by a fellow countryman in a matter of days, with Chelsea’s long-running pursuit of Havertz nearing completion.
The 21-year-old is one of Europe’s brightest young attacking talents, and has been identified as the man to pull the strings in The Blues’ forward line.
Now, according to The Guardian, a deal worth an initial £72m has been reached with Bayer Leverkusen.
Adding further detail, The Express note the fee could eventually rise to £82m if certain add-ons are met. These reportedly pertain to Chelsea winning the Champions League within the next five seasons.
The deal will surpass the club’s previous record transfer fee of £71.6m, paid to Athletic Bilbao for under-fire goalkeeper Kepa in 2018.
Personal terms are stated to have already been agreed, with Havertz about to receive a five-year contract.
Cech hints more to come after Havertz
Chelsea plan to carry on spending and will likely target a new goalkeeper next following the signing of Kai Havertz.
Kepa Arrizabalaga’s erratic form over the last two seasons has seen him lose his place in the side. It’s also led to speculation linking Chelsea to several big-money replacements.
Cech explained that the club still have confidence in the 25-year-old shot stopper. However, he also admitted a new No 1 could be brought in.
“Kepa struggled last season, that is unquestionable,” Cech told Sport.cz.
“But the club invested in him and gave him a long-term contract because they believe he has the qualities and attributes to be successful.
“Additions will be made to the squad, perhaps even in goal, and this is what is being discussed now.