Real Madrid and Chelsea are about to begin negotiations on a £72 million deal that could completely transform both teams.
Under their new ownership, Chelsea have added players worth over £600 million, but Stamford Bridge has a serious shortage of offensive firepower.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have announced that Karim Benzema will be departing the Bernabeu – leaving a void in their attack.
In order to recoup the £72 million Chelsea spent, German outlet Bild reports that Los Blancos are eyeing Kai Havertz to replace the legendary French No. 9.
When Kai Havertz joined the west Londoners in 2020, it set a record for a signing, but he has had trouble settling in under many coaches, frequently playing as the only striker. Even if his scoring rate of 32 goals in 139 games has drawn criticism, there have still been speculations that teams like Bayern Munich are interested in him.
The German has been deemed a good substitute for Benzema by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, according to Bild, who are optimistic that the transfer will soon be finalized.
Harry Kane is reportedly also of interest to Real, and Pochettino will have an instant substitute for Havertz thanks to Christopher Nkunku’s impending transfer to Chelsea.
“Nkunku is joining from RB Leipzig – that was pre-agreed and has never been in doubt,” transfer expert Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports told FourFourTwo on June 1. “He can play as a No.9 but Chelsea will still want another striker – and that’s unlikely to be Romelu Lukaku returning from Inter, because his preference is stay there.”