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Today's exclusive column, with a deep dive into Arsenal stepping up their interest in Kai Havertz.
Arsenal open talks for Kai Havertz as Mikel Arteta feels he can improve the player
Talks have started, and an opening bid has come in from Arsenal for Chelsea forward Kai Havertz. Arsenal are working on this surprise deal, which comes following quick developments in the last few days also with Real Madrid, who were interested but who are no longer in the race. Real have cooled down their interest because he’s considered too expensive - they won’t spend even £60m. Now, Arsenal have approached Chelsea, who have said their asking price is £70-75m.
To be clear: Arsenal will never pay that money. But from what I understand, sources close to the negotiation believe it will be possible to sign Havertz from Chelsea for less than that. Chelsea could be flexible in terms of their value in order to make this deal happen, because they know the Germany international won’t extend his contract. Conversations are ongoing, and the player is keen on a move to Arsenal. Mikel Arteta really appreciates him, he’s a big fan of his qualities and feels this is a player with the space to grow and improve, despite his struggles at Stamford Bridge.
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