Chelsea Issues Ultimatum to Kai Havertz after Real Madrid Interest
Chelsea FC has presented an ultimatum to their talented midfielder, Kai Havertz. The ultimatum states that Havertz must either commit to a new contract or be sold during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The German international, who joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020 for a substantial fee of £75.8 million (€85 million), is set to enter the final year of his current contract next summer.
Chelsea’s management is eager to avoid losing valuable players on a free transfer, which has prompted them to take this decisive stance.
Despite being Chelsea’s leading scorer in the Premier League this season, with an impressive tally of seven goals, Mauricio Pochettino, the team’s manager, is reportedly keen on acquiring a new striker for the upcoming campaign.
This has fueled speculation about Havertz’s future at the club, with him being among the players linked with a potential departure from Stamford Bridge. The club is looking to achieve financial balance after a significant expenditure on transfers over the past year.
Real Madrid has already expressed interest in acquiring Havertz as they search for a replacement for Karim Benzema, who is set to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad on a lucrative €100 million (£85.8 million)-per-season deal.
MailOnline reports that Chelsea will not impede Havertz’s departure if he wishes to leave, but they will only allow him to remain if he commits to a new long-term contract. This indicates the club’s desire to secure their investment and prevent his departure on a free transfer.
Additionally, German sources have revealed that Chelsea has set an asking price of €60 million (£52 million) for Havertz, further indicating their willingness to negotiate his departure if the conditions are right.
These developments have created a sense of uncertainty regarding Havertz’s future at Chelsea, with fans and pundits eagerly awaiting the resolution of this situation.