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Chelsea has confirmed the arrival of Germany wonderkid Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £89million.
(African Stand) — Chelsea has completed the £90million signing of Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz in another huge move from Frank Lampard’s side.
Havertz, 21, had been granted permission by the German FA to leave the national squad’s camp on Friday in order to complete his long-awaited move to Stamford Bridge.
He has signed a five-year contract.
One of Europe’s most coveted young stars, Havertz has signed a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge, joining fellow Germany international Timo Werner in west London alongside another attacking star in Hakim Ziyech.
The deal, which will see Chelsea pay around £72m upfront to Bayer Leverkusen, will take the Blues’ spending past the £220m mark for the summer.
“I am very happy and proud to be here,” said Havertz.
“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.’
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were also keen on the 21-year-old, with Manchester United also interested earlier this year.
Havertz scored 18 goals and provided nine assists in his final season at Leverkusen, and adds more firepower to a Chelsea who will now be expected to compete for the Premier League title.
Along with Havertz, Werner, and Ziyech, Chelsea has also signed left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester City along with Thiago Silva on a free from PSG.