When Bayern Munich stepped away from a potential pursuit of Kai Havertz last summer, it opened the door for Chelsea to leap in and make a play for the former Bayer Leverkusen ace.
Never one to be frugal, the Londoners reportedly shelled out upwards of €80 million for the prodigious German talent. That fee, however, could be rising as an escalator clause in the deal included more cash to be paid to Die Werkself should Chelsea win the Champions League.
If Chelsea wins the Cup against Manchester City, Bayer will get a hefty additional millionaire sum for the 21-year-old, who is already the most expensive German soccer player of all time. The frequently rumored 100 million euros are therefore already within the realm of possibility very soon after the transfer.
Roman Abramovich’s club will be able to cope with the additional payments. Before the season, no club in Europe invested more than Chelsea FC, which had previously been subjected to a transfer ban. After the change in the manager post from Frank Lampard to Thomas Tuchel, the seemingly insane transfer payments of around 250 million euros are at least paying off on the pitch. And Bayer Leverkusen can rejoice.
Leverkusen fans...I think we know who you are supporting on May 29th.
(Translations provided by Alberto Campos)