Chelsea started a shopping spree this summer. They bought 6 players for a fee of €223 million and put themselves in the contention for the Premier League title.
Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr came for free, but Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech were paid. Kai Havertz was by far the biggest acquisition because he cost the club €80 million.
Careful planning, unexpected transfer ban, and Eden Hazard gave Blues the chance to do this. We already wrote about that, and how will Chelsea do with FFP now, but coronavirus also helped Frank Lampard and the club from Stamford Bridge.
How coronavirus sent Havertz to London
It was clear that Kai Havertz will leave Bayer Leverkusen this season or the next one. As Bayer Leverkusen director Rudi Voller said, Chelsea used the whole COVID 19 pandemic situation to their advantage.
“Chelsea simply made good use of the coronavirus period. Next year it would have been much harder for Chelsea to get Kai. Other interested teams preferred to hold back because of the high transfer fee in this special and uncertain time,” Voller told Bild.
Havertz had 2 years left on his contract, and despite many being interesting to many clubs, Bayer Leverkusen didn’t want to gamble, It’s very hard to sell a player with only 1 year on his contract for big money, and they got €80 million for him now.
Other clubs such as Barcelona lost a big chunk of revenue and waited for financial status to get better. And they waited for Leverkusen to lower their asking price.
On the other hand, Chelsea had plenty of money. They sold a number of players in the last couple of seasons, and because of the transfer ban, they didn’t spend much in the last couple of years. So, they first signed Havertz’s teammate from the national team Timo Werner and then got after players like Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech.
When Havertz was sure that Chelsea’s project is ambitious, he finally signed. And in the end Chelsea got a generational talent, and Havertz got a perfect place to grow.
So, if you are smart, even COVID 19 can work in your favour.