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Arteta 'pushing' for Arsenal to seal Havertz signing

Arteta 'pushing' for Arsenal to seal Havertz signing
Image credits: Chelsea Football Club

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is eager to get the deal for Kai Havertz over the line as he continues to build the Gunners' attack ahead of the season.

Havertz has emerged as one of the players Chelsea are looking to offload this summer in order to raise funds for other transfers.

Despite enjoying a difficult time since he arrived at Stamford Bridge, at the age of 24, he remains one of the players the Blues can raise a significant amount of money from.

As a result, a number of clubs have been keeping an eye on his future, two of which are Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

As it stands, Arsenal are the frontrunners for the deal, and German journalist Florian Plettenberg has stated that they are 'very confident' of signing both Havertz and Declan Rice. This comes despite Chelsea rejecting the Gunners' first offer for the German.

He adds that Arteta is 'pushing' for Havertz, and a deal is in advanced stages for both him and Rice.

Additionally, while Bayern remain interested in Havertz, the Bundesliga giants are yet to make an offer.

Arsenal are currently planning the next steps, while Bayern have a transfer meeting scheduled next week.

Havertz, who is naturally an attacking midfielder or second striker, has largely been deployed as Chelsea's sole striker this season, especially following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's struggles and Armando Broja's long-term injury.

The German racked up just nine goals and one assist in 47 games in all competitions, as Chelsea had a horrible season, finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

To highlight the extent of his struggles, while Havertz managed 46 goals and 31 assists in 150 appearances at his former club Bayer Leverkusen, he only has 32 goals and 15 assists in 139 games for Chelsea, despite being pushed further forward.

It is unclear where Havertz will fit in Arteta's system should he be signed, especially given that Gabriel Jesus has returned to full fitness, together with the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun challenging for a spot in the side.

At Bayern, his role would be much more defined, as Thomas Tuchel would most likely use him as the team's striker, given that their only options up front are Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Mathys Tel.


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