Chelsea have completed the signing of Germany international Kai Havertz putting from Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year contract.
The Blues confirmed the long-awaited purchase of the highly rated attacking midfielder on Friday, bringing an end to one of the summer’s most protracted transfers.
Harvetz, 21, is the second German international make the move to Stanford Bridge this summer from the Bundesliga after forward Timo Werner who was signed from RB Leipzig.
Havertz who has signed for a reported club record £90m including add-ons, is boss Frank Lampard’s seventh summer signing following the additions of Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva as young French defender Malang Sarr who will spend next season on loan.
Havertz said: ‘’I am very happy and proud to be here, For me it is a dream come true to play in a big club like Chelsea and I can’t wait to meet all the players and the trainers. Yeah, I am very happy to be here!’’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘’Kai is one of the best players of his age in world football, so we are very happy that his future lies at Chelsea. He has proven pedigree in one of the best leagues in Europe, he plays for the German national side and he is an exciting, dynamic talent. We are delighted to be able to add his versatility and quality to the squad before the season begins.’’
Finally getting the deal over the line for one of Europe’s most sought after talents represents a statement of intent from Chelsea who have embarked on an unprecedented spending spree after nit being able to make any signings in the last two due to a transfer ban.
Havertz had a breakthrough season at Bayer Leverkusen to become one of the leading young players in the world.
He became the youngest player to make 50 and 100 Bundesliga appearances last season to break the mark once held by new Blues teammate Timo Werner.
Predominantly a central attacking midfielder, the left-footed Havertz can also play wide and filled in as a striker for Leverkusen last season hitting the back of the net 20 times in the Bundesliga and Europa League, his most prolific season so far.
The Germany international has scored 36 goals and contributed 25 assists in 118 appearances for the Bundesliga club.
The versatile midfielder has scored once in seven appearances for the German national team.