Arsenal to face competition from Bayern Munich to sign Kai Havertz as the German side enter the race for the forward after talks between Gunners and Chelsea stalled over £70m asking price
- Kai Havertz was Chelsea’s top scorer in the Premier League last season
- Bayern Munich have now joined Arsenal in the race to sign the 24-year-old
- The Bavarian giants see him as a cheap alternative to Dusan Vlahovic
Bayern Munich have expressed late interest in signing Kai Havertz from Chelsea.
The Germany international was set for Arsenal but with talks stalling over the £70m asking price, Bayern have made an approach.
He is seen by the Bavarian giants as a cheap alternative to Dusan Vlahovic and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kolo Muani, who’s planned move to the Allianzz hit an impasse on Friday
Arsenal were hoping to bring the price down to £60m, as they focus on completing their move for West Ham skipper Declan Rice, which could cost in-excess of £100million, before trying to close a deal for Havertz.
The north London club want to establish how much money they will be required to pay upfront for Rice this summer.
Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal in the hunt for Chelsea star Kai Havertz
Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel (left) sees the 24-year-old as a cheap alternative to Dusan Vlahovic, while Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal (right) are unwilling to pay his £70m asking price
West Ham ideally want the money for Rice paid in two instalments before 2025 – a scenario which would put a major dent in Arsenal’s spending capacity this summer.
The amount Arsenal pay for No 1 target Rice will impact on how far they are willing to stretch for Havertz.
The Gunners also want a central defender which needs to be considered.
Chelsea are open to offering Havertz a new deal, but his salary would likely be reduced given the club’s substantial wage bill.
The 24-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Germany, was the Blues top scorer in the Premier League last season, despite managing just seven goals.
He looked out of position as he led the Blues attack, and they finished as the leagues fourth lowest scorers.
Havertz has undoubtedly had his moments at Chelsea and scored the winner in the 2021 Champions League final, but incoming manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to lower the club’s wage bill as he looks to rebuild a bloated squad.
Havertz is currently away on international duty with Germany, who lost 1-0 to Poland on Friday
West Ham midfielder Declan Rice remains Arsenal’s main target this summer
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