Arsenal want to get their business done as early as possible this summer but face another bid rejected early on in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal saw their first bid rejected yesterday for West Ham captain, Declan Rice. The England international remains Mikel Arteta’s number one target this summer, despite the initial rejected bid. Talks are continuing with West Ham over the structure of the deal as the Gunners submit a second offer of £100million which the club hope will be enough to get the deal done.
Declan Rice isn’t the only deal Arsenal want wrapped up as soon as possible though, with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz also of interest to the Gunners. According to Nathan Gissing, the Gunners have seen their opening offer of £55million rejected by Chelsea for Kai Havertz.
Excl: Understand Arsenal have seen their first offer for Chelsea’s Kai Havertz rejected.
Chelsea are hoping for £75m, although there’s a feeling a deal can be agreed for less than this figure.#CFC ideally wanted to keep Havertz, but the forward is keen on a move to Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/Pp85rjN5uB
— Nathan Gissing (@NathGissing) June 16, 2023
It’s expected Chelsea could be flexible on their initial £75m asking price for Kai Havertz, which is considered too high by Arsenal. The player is keen on the move which could help Arsenal during negotiations. We suspect the Gunners will want to get a deal done for no more than £60million.
The German international does not want to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge and therefore could be allowed to leave this summer, if his valuation is met. Arsenal have sent their first proposal to Chelsea for Kai Havertz as well as making moves on their primary target, Declan Rice.
Kai Havertz current deal at Chelsea expires at the end of next season with many clubs around Europe keeping a close eye on the situation, one club being Arsenal.
Chelsea are in a difficult spot, a similar spot to which Arsenal found themselves in at the beginning of Mikel Arteta’s reign in North London. The Blues carry a wage budget on the same level as Manchester City however the difference is there will be no European football at Stamford Bridge next season after finishing 12th in the Premier League.
Chelsea have a bloated squad with an incredibly high wage budget after Todd Boehly spent over £600m in his first season as the owner of the club. The Blues reportedly need to recoup a significant amount of money in player sales this summer to cover some of the recent spending and avoid running afoul of Financial Fair Play. That means a number of big names, like Havertz, could be on the move this summer.
Clubs around Europe know Chelsea need to sell some big players and therefore they could be willing to accept lower fees than usual in order to get players out the door as quick as possible, which can only be good news for Arsenal.