Although they are keen on making a deal for Havertz, Arsenal has so far shown reluctance to match their London rivals’ £70 million asking price for the 24-year-old.
According to sources, Havertz is willing to move to Arsenal, and the club does not consider his current salary at Chelsea, which is estimated to be approximately £220,000 per week, to be a barrier to a transfer.
They have already had one offer rejected, but they plan to come back with a stronger offer.
If Bayern Munich enters the race after earlier expressing interest in Havertz, that remains to be seen.
In addition to playing as a No. 10 or No. 8, Arsenal has reportedly stated that they believe Havertz is capable of playing in any of three attacking positions in an interchangeable front line at the top of a 4-3-3 formation. The versatility of Havertz is a key draw for Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, who personally participated in the discussions.
However, given that Havertz was acquired by Chelsea for £71 million in September 2020 and that he had a chequered tenure at Stamford Bridge, the asking price is surprising.
While struggling to maintain consistency in his performances, Havertz scored the game-winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final, scoring 32 goals in 139 games across all competitions.