Chelsea have confirmed the signing of German international Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £71 million.
The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge after completing medical assessments last week.
Havertz had been chased by Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus at various points in the past year, but Frank Lampard’s side won the race to sign him.
“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,” Havertz was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
For his part, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said that Harvertz is one of the best players of his age in world football, whose future now 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.”
The young attacking midfielder joins the Blues after the arrival of Timo Werner from another Bundesliga club, RB Leipzig, Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, Ben Chilwell from Leicester City, and Thiago Silva from Paris Saint-Germain as Frank Lampard’s squad for the 2020/21 campaign takes shape.
Chelsea also signed young French defender Malang Sarr on loan from Ligue 1 side, Nice.
Havertz made his first debut for Bayer Leverkusen in October 2016. He has spent his entire career at Leverkusen contributing 36 goals, 25 assists in just 118 Bundesliga appearances.
Frank Lampard’s side begins their English Premier League campaign on Monday, 14th September when they visit Brighton.