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Arsenal preparing improved second-offer for German international Kai Havertz

A first bid rom the Gunners was rejected by league rivals Chelsea, but an improved second offer is thought to be enough for Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar to get the deal over the line

Premier League runner-up Arsenal remains on the hunt in the early doors of the summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar continue to add quality to the senior setup on a yearly basis, with 2022-23 serving as a catalyst for continued progression on the pitch.

With the club closing on a deal for West Ham United star Declan Rice, the Gunners are on the same track for German international Kai Havertz after the club’s interest has bubbled to the surface in the last two to three days.

A first bid by the club was rejected by Chelsea, who hope to hold out for a figure close to £70m for the former Bayer Leverkusen wunderkind. That figure is likely one that will fall short of receiving, however, on the back of the club’s need to sell a number of players this summer, with Arsenal now reportedly set to return with an improved £60m offer according to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg.

But the Gunners could face competition from German giants Bayern Munich for a player in that price range after the Bundesliga champions remain in the running to add a new forward to their ranks under Thomas Tuchel after failing to still find a long-term successor to Robert Lewandowski.

Interest in Havertz from Bayern has reportedly accelerated of late, with Tuchel remaining a fan of the international on the back of their stint together at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel is one of those largely responsible for Havertz’s transition into a center-forward despite his roots as an attacking midfielder, but Havertz reportedly wants increased chances in a creative role akin to his former Leverkusen days, though it is expected that both Arsenal and Bayern would view him as a more forward option.

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