It seems that Arsenal’s first purchase of this summer will be Kai Havertz, when the Gunners have scheduled a medical examination.
The Athletic revealed that Arsenal have basically agreed to spend £ 65 million to sign striker Kai Havertz from Chelsea, of which £ 62 million is upfront and £ 3 million in fees. Arsenal have scheduled a medical for the German international and believe the deal will be announced soon .
As for Chelsea, they need to cut their squad to make up for the terrible expenses in the past year. In addition to Havertz, the likes of Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Kalidou Koulibaly are also on their way out of Stamford Bridge.
Last season, Havertz was mainly active as a striker for Chelsea and scored 9 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions.
Reporter Jordan Campbell thinks the player will play more roles when he moves to Arsenal. Earlier, reporter Liam Twomey believed Havertz had been misplaced for a long time playing football at Chelsea.
The ball he dropped and beat Ederson in the Champions League final seemed to be the rare moment in which Havertz showed his importance at the Blues.
Last season, Havertz scored nine goals in 47 appearances in all competitions. Since joining Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen three years ago in a deal worth up to £90 million ($113.8 million), Havertz has made 139 appearances for the club, scoring 32 goals and providing 15 assist lanes.
According to Opta, the Germany international made 334 runs without the ball in the opposition box in the Premier League season 2022/23, the second most of any player after Erling Haaland (349).
His role is to create space for nearby satellites. In fact, Havertz’s strongest point is not finishing but supporting another striker in the squad. Therefore, when Chelsea’s satellites have had problems in the past year, Havertz is immediately reduced in influence.
Returning to Arsenal, Havertz is likely to be used by Arteta as a second striker in the squad. He can play alongside Gabriel Jesus and give the Brazilian more space. Most likely, Arsenal will switch to a 4-4-2 formation next season to make the best use of the German international’s ability.
Some other experts believe that Havertz can replace Granit Xhaka as an 8. This is a new challenge for the star born in 1999. In this position, he will have to improve more skills. defensive ability, as well as physical strength. Still, it’s too early to doubt Havertz’s potential. He is only 24 years old and has a lot of room for growth in front of him.
With Arteta, he always liked versatile people. Arsenal chose to buy Havertz perhaps partly for this reason. Time will tell if Havertz is the right fit for the Gunners, but at least they have proved North London is very ambitious next season after missing out on the Premier League title.