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Update: Arsenal given green light by Kai Havertz

The 24-year-old has had a difficult period at Stamford Bridge, but serious interest from Arsenal and boss Mikel Arteta could point to a possible revival in England

Arsenal’s surprise interest in German international Kai Havertz could be nearing a completed deal after reports emerged yesterday that the Gunners could be set to move for the 24-year-old.

Despite having a difficult period at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2020, Havertz still possesses bags of talent should he be utilized correctly, and the feeling now is that Arsenal could be in line to offer him a key role at the Emirates.

According to football insider Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners have already reached out across the capital and made contact with the Blues over the possibility of prizing the German away from west London, though the club has thus far refused to meet at the asking price of £75m.

But from an Arsenal perspective, news that Havertz has given the green light surrounding discussions with Arsenal regarding contract terms will bolster the bargaining position of the Premier League runner-up, especially with Chelsa rumored to be flexible on a possible fee given the club’s need to clear the decks this summer and recoup a considerable sum if they are to avoid potential FFP sanctions moving forward.

Additionally, Spanish giants Real Madrid are said to now be out of the race for the former German prodigy, while Bundesliga juggernaut Bayern Munich lies just offshore in position to potentially pounce on the situation should terms not be struck between the two English clubs.

With recent reports earlier today suggesting that the Gunners have cooled their interest in Brighton’s Moisés Caicedo while also submitting a first official bid for West Ham captain Declan Rice, Arsenal’s transfer directive this summer has begun to unfold.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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