Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. It’s a deal that would really test Liverpool’s judgement.

SportBild claim that Havertz is set for Chelsea and a deal will happen shortly. It won’t be a cheap deal, either – the Blues will pay £72m upfront and another potential £18m on top of that. Leverkusen can potentially get £90m (€100m) for their star, then.

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And what do they get for that money? A 21-year-old with 43 goals and 27 assists in three-and-a-half seasons, mostly from midfield. He’s versatile enough to play up top, though, while he’s also captained Leverkusen. In all, they’re getting a hugely talented prospect.

This is one that’s awfully relevant to Liverpool, too – if you go by reports from February.

Taking no chances

There have been a lot of reports linking Havertz with Liverpool, dating back over a year now. The most significant, however, came in February.


The Independent’s Mellisa Reddy claimed that Liverpool did like Havertz. They’d sign him, too, if the price fit the player. But the Reds didn’t consider Leverkusen’s €100m asking-price to be worthwhile.

They thought Havertz was worth half of that and thus never made a move. Chelsea clearly felt otherwise.

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And so Liverpool will see their judgement tested in front of their own eyes. It’s one thing if Havertz stayed at Leverkusen or even went to Bayern Munich. But instead, a fellow Premier League rival will pick up the player for the same fee Liverpool deemed too much.

If he’s a massive success, then Liverpool will question their decision on a player who looked like an ideal fit. If he flops, then we can chalk up yet another transfer masterstroke, in all truth.

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