Kai Havertz: Chelsea Star’s Best Position Revealed Amid Arsenal Transfer Interest

Kai Havertz: Chelsea Star’s Best Position Revealed Amid Arsenal Transfer Interest

Elijah Odetokun
updated at June 15, 2023 at 7:20 AM
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  • Kai Havertz has emerged as a shock transfer target for Premier League runners-up Arsenal
  • The German has reportedly told Chelsea he wants to leave the club after three seasons
  • European giants Real Madrid were also interested but this has cooled down due to his cost

Kai Havertz emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal yesterday, and fans are concerned about the move due to uncertainty about which position is best for him.

Chelsea signed the German from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2020 for then club-record fee of £72 million, and he struggled to adapt in his first months under Frank Lampard.

The appointment of compatriot, Thomas Tuchel brought a bit of life into him, and in the UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City that year, he scored the winning goal.

Kai Havertz, Bernd Leno, Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea, Arsenal.
Kai Havertz celebrates after scoring against Arsenal during a pre-season friendly. Photo by Hariet Lander.
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He has never been a top performer or entirely consistent, but his moments have come in the biggest games.

Havertz provided an assist for Hakim Ziyech in the UEFA Super Cup final and scored the winning goal in the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Havertz’s best position revealed

The forward is not blind to fans’ opinion of him and in an interview late last year, spoke on the eternal question of his best position on the field, as reported by Mirror UK.

“Everyone asks this question and after three years, everyone should know by now what I can do - that I’m flexible up front and I can play a lot of different positions,” he said.

Havertz explained that while it was good and sometimes bad to play in different positions, he was more skilled as an offensive player.

“I like to be in the box, I like to score goals, I like to arrive in the box often and I don’t care if I’m there as a No. 9 or a No. 10. If I’m in the box, I’m there to score goals - and that’s it.”

The Athletic reports that Chelsea are looking to spend in the region of £70mil while Arsenal are willing to offer £60mil, including add-ons.

Real Madrid have reportedly cooled their interest, while Bayern Munich are also still an option.

Havertz hints at Tuchel reunion

Sports Brief reported that Havertz wants to work with Tuchel after the former Blues boss was appointed the head coach of Bayern Munich in March.

He described the Bavarians as a goal for every German player and his good relationship with his former boss could open a door for a return back home.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.