Chelsea bought a defender at a club-record price
Chilwell grew up from Leicester’s training ground. The 23-year-old defender played 123 games for Leicester in all competitions. Last season, he and his teammates were in the top 4 of the Premier League for a long time, before losing to Man Utd and Chelsea in the race to win tickets to the Champions League.
Chilwell was called up to England since September 2018. He played 11 matches and with the “Three Lions” ranked third in the final friendly match for Nations League teams 2018-2019.
Before Chilwell, Chelsea bought striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and winger Hakim Ziyech from Ajax. Next time, the Stamford Bridge team may announce an additional purchase of midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen for $ 118 million.
Chelsea is also set to announce the signing of a free contract with Malang Sarr. This is after the 21-year-old defender expires his contract with French club Nice. Sarr was a target for Arsenal, Schalke, and Leverkusen. Chelsea is likely to sign a five-year contract, then lend to another club Sarr next season.
In the opposite direction, the Stamford Bridge team broke up with Pedro and Willian after the contract expired. Pedro has completed his move to Roma, while Willian joins Arsenal on a three-year contract.
Chelsea recruited midfielder Kai Havertz
Chelsea recruited midfielder Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen on September 4, for $ 94 million – the second most expensive in the club’s history.
The contract between Havertz and Chelsea is valid for 5 years. The salary of the German midfielder is believed by Sun to be $ 411,000 per week. In Chelsea’s transfer history, Havertz is second only to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga ($ 95 million, 2018) in value.
Havertz has been the most important attacking player in the Leverkusen squad over the years. Last season, the 21-year-old midfielder scored 18 goals in 45 matches in all competitions. Havertz is considered a versatile player, able to play in all positions on the attack, including striker.
Havertz has played for Germany seven times, scoring one goal. After sitting on the bench in the German draw with Spain 1-1 in the A4 UEFA Nations League group on September 3, he immediately left the team to go to London for medical examination. He will be absent from the game against Switzerland on September 7.
Havertz is Chelsea’s seventh signing this summer, behind Thiago Silva, Timo Werner, Malang Sarr, Xavier Mbuyamba, Hakim Ziyech, and Ben Chilwell.