Chelsea face pressure to lower their asking price for midfielder Kai Havertz amid reports that he has no intention of signing a new contract with the club, according to sources at ESPN.
Arsenal have shown interest in acquiring the 24-year-old, but have been hesitant to meet Chelsea’s £70 million valuation for the player.
Sources indicate that Havertz is open to joining Arsenal, and the club does not consider his current wage at Chelsea, reportedly around £220,000 per week, as a barrier to the transfer.
Arsenal have already had one offer rejected but are expected to return with an improved bid.
While Bayern Munich had previously shown interest in Havertz, it remains to be seen if they will enter the race.
Chelsea will hope that Bayern’s involvement would drive up the price. Nevertheless, the German has no intention of extending his term beyond 2025.
However, that is not the only thing that is playing in Arsenal’s hand in the negotiation.
Chelsea are also under pressure to raise funds before June 30 due to the financial impact of their extensive player spending and failure to qualify for European competition next season.
The valuation placed on Havertz aligns with the price Chelsea are demanding for Mason Mount, who has caught the attention of Manchester United. Chelsea recently turned down a £40 million bid from United for Mount.
Should Arsenal buy Havertz at that price?

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