Report: Havertz rejected massive bonus fee just to speed up transfer to Chelsea

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Kai Havertz was so keen to speed up the transfer process and seal a move to Chelsea that he took a significant step to make the deal happen on time.

Chelsea finally confirmed the signing of the German star at the end of August, as the 21-year-old agreed terms to a five-year deal with the Blues.

Reports claim Chelsea paid an initial fee of £72m to sign Kai Havertz, with certain other bonus fees that could see the deal rise up to £90m.

It wasn’t a smooth sailing process in negotiations between Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen for Kai Havertz, and the former Bayer star played a significant role in making the process faster.

According to German media outlet Sport Bild, Havertz forfeited a significant bonus to fast track his move to Stamford Bridge. According to the report, Havertz was due to receive up to 10 per cent of his final transfer fee due to a clause in his contract with Leverkusen but he eventually gave that up. Instead, Havertz agreed to receive part of the amount if some of the more difficult add-ons are achieved with Chelsea.

The add-ons that were included in Havertz’s deal include separate payments for Chelsea qualifying for the Champions League and the club winning the Premier League title. It’s also been reported that Bayer Leverkusen will benefit if Chelsea win the Champions League in the next five years.

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