English Premier League side, Chelsea, on Friday, confirmed the signing of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.
The German moves to Stamford Bridge in a £62million deal plus add ons following many weeks of negotiations between both clubs.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that the 21-year-old German midfielder left international duty on Friday to fly to London and complete a medical before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.
Havertz joins Chelsea’s long list of high profile purchases that include Timo Werner from another Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva as Frank Lampard’s squad for the forthcoming season.
Chelsea have also signed young French defender Malang Sarr who is going out on loan with a view to gaining more experience before he is involved.
Havertz had this to say after signing the deal, “I am very happy and proud to be here, For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here!”
Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia added, “Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea. He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.”
The signing takes Chelsea’s spending over the £200m mark after mega-money deals for Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell, plus the free transfers of Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.
Havertz was Leverkusen’s best player last season, scoring 18 goals in 45 appearances.
He has become one of German football’s highest-rated young players following his breakthrough at Bayer Leverkusen, setting a series of records for his achievements, including those for the youngest player to make 50 and 100 Bundesliga appearances, which were both previously held by another Chelsea new boy, Timo Werner.
Havertz made his debut for Leverkusen at the age of 17 years and 126 days.