Real Madrid is unwilling to match Chelsea’s offer for Kai Havertz.
Reputable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims that Chelsea will ask for at least €60 million to release Kai Havertz during the summer transfer window. For Real Madrid, the 23-year-old is a target. However, the Merengues are unable to pay what Chelsea is asking for the player.
In the grand scheme of things, Chelsea’s acquisition of Kai Havertz has been underwhelming. In Chelsea’s most recent UEFA Champions League victory, the German international scored the game-winning goal, making it a memorable moment for him. Despite being the Blues’ leading scorer over the previous three years, he has not been a reliable player for the team.
The 23-year-old also led Chelsea in goals scored during the previous campaign. However, nine goals and one assist in 47 appearances is a very underwhelming total. Havertz’s stock nevertheless remains high despite his patchy performances, with Real Madrid among his potential suitors.
In preparation for the summer transfer window, Real Madrid will actively search for several attackers. By the end of the 2022–23 season, the Merengues had lost four attacking players. At the beginning of the month, Real Madrid will formally lose Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard.
The departures of Asensio and Hazard will force Real Madrid to bring in a versatile attacker. As a result, Los Blancos now have a realistic target in Havertz. Furthermore, the Chelsea forward is reportedly eager to join Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Blues want more than €60 million to get rid of the German international.
Chelsea will try to include add-ons in the deal even though the base fee will be worth €60 million. Real Madrid, however, will not pay that much to hire him. According to the report, going into the summer transfer window, the Merengues are unwilling to accept Chelsea’s asking price.
Contrary to recent media reports, Romano’s assertions imply that the contract for Havertz’s services has not yet fallen through. It will be interesting to see if the 23-year-old attacker can sign a contract with Real Madrid or Chelsea this summer.