Chelsea are closing in on an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen for the transfer of Kai Havertz, and the Blues are going to end up investing around €200m on the deal in the end, according to AS today.
That includes a transfer fee in the region of €100m, and personal terms with the player over a 5 year deal that add up to roughly the same.
It’s a colossal operation, and when you add the sums up like that, you realise just what a risk it is.
The midfielder could break his leg on the first day of training and never be the same again, and that vast investment would suddenly be a vast millstone around the club’s neck for years to come.
But that’s modern football, and if it works out we will have one of Europe’s premier talents in the team for years to come.
But let’s not count our chickens before they’ve hatched – a deal of this size obviously has a lot to straighten out, and rushing into it would clearly be a disaster.