Havertz completes transfer to Chelsea

Havertz to Chelsea
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UPDATE: Chelsea have since confirmed their acquisition of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, for a reported fee of $82 million.

 

STUTTGART, Germany — Germany forward Kai Havertz left the national team’s training camp on Friday to try to complete his transfer from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea.

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Leverkusen sports director Rudi Voeller said Havertz is traveling to London “so that Kai can now sort things out on the ground in London with our support.”

Germany coach Joachim Low said he expected Havertz to sign for Chelsea soon.

“We knew that now, today or tomorrow, the final details were meant to be sorted out in his contract with Chelsea,” Low said in a video on the German soccer federation website, adding that Havertz “definitely wants to take this step.”

Havertz was an unused substitute when Germany played to a 1-1 draw with Spain on Thursday in the Nations League. Low said he was aware of risking the transfer if Havertz played and was injured.

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The signing of Havertz would likely complete an overhaul by Chelsea that has also seen striker Timo Werner, winger Hakim Ziyech, center back Thiago Silva and left back Ben Chilwell move to the English club.

“We are aware of the importance of this for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Kai and want to approach this responsibly,” Germany national team general manager Oliver Bierhoff said. “At the same time it is an honor and a distinction for German soccer when young German players are in demand at top international clubs.”