Chelsea’s deal for Havertz not set to exceed £72m club record

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Chelsea’s deal for Havertz not set to exceed £72m club record

The transfer of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea is not expected to set a new club-record fee for the Blues.

Leverkusen gave Havertz the green light to head to London for his Chelsea medical on Friday, with the 21-year-old bidding to tie up his long-mooted Premier League switch.

Chelsea have struck a deal with Leverkusen that should now see the highly-coveted forward join the Blues for a fee that will only rise to a maximum £70million, the PA news agency understands.



Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s £72million switch to Chelsea in 2018 will remain as the Blues’ record signing.

Leverkusen gave Havertz permission to meet with Chelsea on Friday, with Germany’s team bosses also allowing him to leave the national team camp.

“Kai Havertz has left the Stuttgart headquarters of the German national team to clarify matters surrounding a potential move to Chelsea,” Leverkusen confirmed.

“This took place after a discussion with Bayer 04 and DFB leadership.”

Havertz is now due to have a medical in London, and is in line to become Chelsea’s sixth senior signing of the summer.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has underpinned a hugely-impressive transfer window for the Blues, with manager Frank Lampard backed to launch a new Stamford Bridge era.

Prolific Germany striker Timo Werner, Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech and Leicester’s England left-back Ben Chilwell have all arrived in west London in big-money deals.

France Under-21 defender Malang Sarr has huge promise having signed on a free transfer but will head out on loan, while Brazil stalwart Thiago Silva has arrived from Paris St Germain.

Chelsea’s summer spending will move past £200million should Havertz complete his switch without any issues.

The Blues have battled past their transfer ban and losing talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid last summer, with new boss Lampard impressing in a challenging first year at the helm

The former England and Chelsea midfielder secured secured a fourth-place Premier League finish and Champions League qualification in his maiden managerial campaign, and has now received significant backing for his Stamford Bridge squad overhaul.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller thanked Germany’s bosses for allowing Havertz to leave the national camp in the middle of Nations League action.

“I exchanged ideas with Oliver Bierhoff and Jogi Low over the past few days,” said Voller.

“They understand the special situation of the player and also of us as a club.

“We are grateful to the national coach that Kai can now sort things out with our support on site in London.”

 

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No shock as Messi stays but criticises Barca president

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No shock as Messi stays but criticises Barca president

Lionel Messi has reversed his decision to leave Barcelona this summer, saying he could never go to court against the club to secure a move.

The Argentinian forward had informed the club on August 25 that he wanted to leave this summer and intended to utilise a clause in his contract which he and his representatives claimed allowed him to walk away on a free transfer.

Messi, who has been with the Catalan club since the age of 13, told goal.com: “I am going to continue in the club because the president (Josep Bartomeu) told me that the only way to leave was to pay the 700million clause, that that is impossible, and then the only other way was to go to court.

“I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love, that gave me everything since I arrived, it is the club of my life, I have made my life here.”

Messi said he had been telling Bartomeu “all year” that he wanted to leave.

“Everything became very difficult for me and there came a time when I considered looking for new goals,” he said

“I told the president and well, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not keep his word.”

Asked about the reaction to his announcement in some quarters, the 33-year-old added: “It hurt me when my love for this club was questioned. No matter where I go or if I stay, my love for Barca will never change.”

In a further criticism of the Bartomeu regime, Messi said: “The truth is that there has been no project for a long time, they juggle and cover holes as things go by.

“I repeat, I wanted to go and it was entirely my right, because the contract said that I could be released. And it’s not ‘I’m leaving and that’s it’. I was leaving and it cost me a lot.

“I will continue at Barca and my attitude will not change no matter how much I have wanted to go. I will do my best.

“I always want to win, I’m competitive and I don’t like to lose anything. I always want the best for the club, for the dressing room and for myself.

“There is a new coach (Ronald Koeman) and a new idea. That’s good, but then we have to see how the team responds and whether or not it we will be able to compete. What I can say is that I’m staying and I’m going to give my best.”

Earlier on Friday Messi’s father and agent Jorge had written to LaLiga to set out why he felt his son was able to leave on a free transfer.

The league had supported Barcelona’s position in a statement it issued last Sunday, but Jorge Messi insisted there was no specific date in the contract when his son needed to inform the club of his desire to leave, simply that it should be done at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Barcelona’s season ended when they were knocked out of the Champions League by eventual winners Bayern Munich on August 14.

The tone of Messi’s statement clearly indicates he would still like to leave the club, but would now do so when his contract ends next summer.

Manchester City, whose manager Pep Guardiola worked with Messi at Barca as first-team coach between 2008 and 2012, were one of the clubs linked with the forward.

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