Since the Bundesliga’s return, Kai Havertz has shown why he’s one of the most sought after talents in the game.
A move to Chelsea on the face of it makes sense. He’d be joining his compatriot Timo Werner, and with his talent, he’d walk straight into the first team. However, his rumoured price tag of £90 million is hefty, particularly in a COVID-19 affected market.
Havertz, who regularly lines up either as a right-winger, or a false 9 would be taking the place of a top earner in Chelsea’s lineup.
Hakim Ziyech, a 40 million euro transfer from Ajax will in all likelihood line up on the right. Meanwhile, RB Leipzig striker, Timo Werner is set to join after Chelsea reportedly activated his €60 million release clause.
This would mean with Havertz’s transfer, there’d be around €190 million of attacking talent joining this window. This is not to mention the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi already vying for game time in Chelsea’s attack.
There are places in the Chelsea squad in far greater need of restructuring. Chelsea’s defence for a team looking to challenge for the title silly isn’t good enough. With 39 goals conceded, only Spurs have let in more goals out of the top 10 sides in the league.
The Blues have been crying out for a defensive leader like John Terry all season, and this is where any money for Havertz should be going.
Reece James is more than serviceable, but the rest of Chelsea’s defence simply isn’t up to standard. With the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly allegedly on the market, Chelsea can’t afford to let this opportunity go.
Kai Havertz would in all likelihood perform for Chelsea, that’s not in question. However, with other areas of the team in need of reinforcement, he would be a luxury, not a necessity.