Kai Havertz recently completed his long-awaited move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea last week, after months of speculation and talks between both clubs.
However, new details have emerged explaining why the transfer took so long. According to Sport Bild, Kai Havertz intervened to make the move possible following Leverkusen’s refusal to lower the asking price.
Chelsea reportedly paid Leverkusen £70m to sign Havertz but it could’ve been more. Sport Bild explained that Havertz’s contract at Leverkusen stated that he was entitled to 10 per cent of his transfer fee but he waived it to lowered the asking price and made the move possible.
That means that the 21-year-old will not receive any sign-on fees but will receive only performance-related bonuses at Chelsea.
Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard talked about Havertz personality determination to join Chelsea.
“On his personality, I have been absolutely overwhelmed with how humble and down to earth he is, and how well he wants to do here, and how he is very excited with the challenge,” he told the club’s website.
“He wants to come here and be a top player for Chelsea, and really prove his talents on this stage.”
Havertz is expected to make his Chelsea debut against Brighton on Monday.