The move from offensive player Kai Havertz within London from Chelsea to Arsenal is perfect. The Gunners announced the signing of the 24-year-old Wednesday night via Twitter.
Havertz has probably signed a five-year contract with Arsenal until 2028. The fee for the German international, whose working paper at Chelsea was valid until 2025, is said to be around 70 million euros. Including bonus payments, the sum could increase to up to 75 million euros.
“It’s super exciting for me to join this great club and become part of the Arsenal family. This club has such a great history and I hope we can achieve a lot,” Havertz was quoted as saying in the evening: “The goal is to win trophies and I will do everything to achieve that for the fans and everyone at the club.”
Havertz switched from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea in 2020 for 80 million euros.
He made 47 appearances for England last season. Havertz scored nine goals and one assist.
In 2021, the Aachen native won the Champions League with the Blues under the then team manager Thomas Tuchel, scoring the 1-0 winning goal in Porto against Manchester City. The following year, Havertz won the European Supercup and the Club World Cup with Chelsea.
Kai Havertz: Breakdown causes a stir
There had previously been a glitch when a two-minute, 20-second video of Havertz wearing the jersey of his new club Arsenal circulated before the transfer was officially announced.
Havertz already spoke about his new club. “It’s super exciting for me personally. I’m so happy to be moving to this wonderful club,” Havertz enthused in Arsenal’s first interview.
In the evening, Havertz apologized to Chelsea for the glitch. “I would have preferred if you had heard from myself first what I think of my departure from Chelsea. It’s not my style and I’m upset that you had to hear it this way,” he wrote on social media towards the club.
But by then it was too late, the video in the Arsenal shirt spread like wildfire. “This club has such a great history and I hope we can achieve many things,” added Havertz, delighted. The Gunners have a “family mentality” that makes them difficult to play against.
Havertz (24), which also became clear in the video, will also get his traditional shirt number 29 at Arsenal. “I love wearing it in a red jersey again,” said the former Leverkusen player.
Havertz still had a contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2025. The struggling blues, who only finished twelfth last season despite major investments, are in a state of upheaval. At Arsenal, on the other hand, Havertz comes into a solid team that plays attractive attacking football under team manager Mikel Arteta.