Kai Havertz, the 23-year-old Chelsea forward, has expressed his desire to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, despite the arrival of former Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino as manager of the Blues. According to sources from The Guardian, Havertz has made it clear to Chelsea’s top bosses that he wants to move on for a fresh challenge, regardless of the incoming manager.
Havertz, who was once viewed as one of the most exciting talents in Europe, joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in a £ 72 million move in 2020. However, he has failed to deliver the expected results at Stamford Bridge and is one of several players who have been linked with transfers ahead of the summer transfer window.
Though much of the speculation regarding outgoing players at Chelsea has focused on a few other players, the club’s owners are keen to move on and raise funds through sales. Chelsea has spent £600million on signings in the last two transfer windows and, after finishing 12th in the Premier League last season, are ready to restructure their squad.
Havertz’s potential exit, therefore, could prove beneficial to the club’s financial situation, and they are expected to consider his request if a suitable offer is received.
Real Madrid has shown the most interest in the player, with some sources suggesting that the Spanish club is looking to replace striker Karim Benzema following the Frenchman’s departure. Though there has been no formal offer yet, it is believed that Havertz’s talent is exactly what Real Madrid needs for the upcoming season.
The Chelsea forward still has two years left on his contract, but he has expressed no desire to sign an extension with the club. Consequently, it is likely that Chelsea will agree to his demands and sanction his departure if they receive a suitable offer.
Despite some lackluster performances in the past season, Chelsea fans may view Havertz’s exit as disastrous. The forward’s occasional moments of excellence, combined with his youth and potential, made him one of the most exciting players to watch in the Premier League.
However, Chelsea has shown time and again that they are willing to move on from players who are no longer best suited to the club’s needs. With Havertz’s potential departure, it remains to be seen who will fill the void he leaves and how the team will fare in the coming season.