The bells rang from Stamford Bridge, Kai Havertz arrived and officially became the most expensive reinforcement this summer in Chelsea's history, also the German footballer for whom one club set aside the most money!
After Bayer's announcement that Chelsea accepted the required financial conditions, Kai Havertz rose to unprecedented heights and entered the select company of those whose compensation had a minimum of nine digits. That is, at least 100,000,000 euros!
Although the fixed part is in the range between 80,000,000 and 85,000,000 euros, Bayer will get a difference of up to a staggering 100,000,000 European banknotes through various bonuses. In just a few months, Chelsea's expense account reached an incredible 223,000,000 euros, with Havertz's bonuses raising the same by another 20,000,000 euros, and that's not the end, because the signature of the new goalkeeper is still pending.
The German national team player admitted publicly that he came after Frank Lampard showed great interest in him and he simply could not refuse the relationship that this new Chelsea is trying to build with the players - full of understanding, trust, and sincerity.
By signing a five-year contract worth almost 100,000,000 euros, Havertz raised the expectations of the public to heavenly heights, but at the same time, he carried the burden under the weight of which much bigger football names than him fell.
Since the arrival of Roman Abramovich, Chelsea has become synonymous with a club that destroys any reinforcement with the prefix "record" Andrey Shevchenko 2006, Fernando Torres 2011, Alvaro Morata 2017, and Kepa Arizabalaga 2018.
All of them in their time bore that mark of the most expensive reinforcement in Chelsea's history, and none of them managed to cope with the frightening pressure.
In just two years, Shevchenko went from the winner of the Golden Ball to a transfer worth almost 44,000,000 euros, after which he never recovered.
From the moment he bought Chelsea and became the owner, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich had only one wish - to bring Andrey Shevchenko to his club. For years, he chased him, persuaded him, they knew each other from before through mutual friends and even spent time together on Abramovich's yacht, but Shevchenko only said "yes" in the summer of 2006 and set off for London.
He himself could not know what awaited him there. When "Project Shevchenko" failed, Abramovic's next big obsession was Fernando Torres. For three full years, the Russian billionaire broke both Torres and Liverpool, and the final success happened in January 2011.
At least that's how it seemed. Abramovic threw 58,500,000 euros on the table, which was a new club record at the time, and in the end, it turned out that only Liverpool profited from this business. And only to some extent Chelsea. It remains to be seen whether Havertz will be someone who will be remembered as one of the best or a failure...