Fabrazio romano added that ‘Chelsea are in a bit of a situation’ with Kai Havertz because he has two years left on his contract and this is their chance to secure the ‘maximum’ transfer for the player.

Arsenal want to sign the one-time Champions League winner, but Sheth added that they ‘aren’t prepared’ to pay around the ‘£70 million’ mark for the player, as he told Sky Sports’ Transfer Show (14/06/2 at 7:05 pm).

There are some who are surprised that Mikel Arteta wants to sign a player that struggled for a team that finished bottom-half this season.

When the 24-year-old first moved to Stamford Bridge, he showed real promise, including winning the European Cup, but since then, he has gone downhill.

There were only seven Premier League goals from the German International and now Arsenal are pushing for his signature, as Sheth explained the situation.

“Chelsea are in a little bit of a situation,” said Sheth. “Not one year, but two years left on his contract.

“If you look at two years left on a contract, you would think that this summer would represent the optimum time where they would be able to get the maximum transfer fee for Kai Havertz, if he’s not going to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

“They signed him from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2020, for a deal worth around £70m, so you would think they would want to get much of that money recouped, if they were to sell him to Arsenal. I don’t think Arsenal are prepared to pay that much, so there appears to be probably a gap in valuation, rather like with Mason Mount (and Manchester United).

“But because of their contract situations, and because Chelsea do need to offload players because Mauricio Pochettino would want to bring his own players in as well, that might force their hand.”

Will Havertz be a squad player at Arsenal?

Is he coming in to dethrone Gabriel Jesus from the starting XI? Or to bulk up the squad?

If it’s the latter, then it’s more understandable to push for a player of that calibre because he does seriously boost your bench.

But to pay anywhere near the amount Chelsea are demanding for the player just isn’t logical and it’s something Arsenal should shy away from.

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