Kai Havertz ‘gave up massive bonus’ to see Chelsea transfer go through

New Chelsea signing Kai Havertz reportedly forfeited a major bonus to leave Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

Havertz completed a £72.7m switch to Stamford Bridge earlier this month, which could rise to more than £90m with add-on clauses.

The move was heavily rumoured for weeks before it was finalised and, according to German publication Sport Bild, a major breakthrough in the protracted negotiations came when the player himself agreed to forfeit a clause in his existing Leverkusen contract.

Havertz was entitled to 10 per cent of his transfer fee when he left Leverkusen but he decided to waive that, meaning Leverkusen lowered their asking price.

Instead, Havertz will receive bonuses from Chelsea if he meets certain clauses in his new contract, while Leverkusen will get more money if Chelsea qualify for the Champions League or win the Premier League.

Blues boss Frank Lampard has spoken about comparisons between Havertz and ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, telling the club's official website: "It is very easy to make those comparisons.

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"I know he is hungry to score goals and make assists so I have already had those conversations with him, but I do think we are quite different in our styles.

"Kai can probably start in more forward areas than I started in. I liked to come from deep as a midfield player, and a lot of Kai’s really good play in the last few seasons as he has broken through at Leverkusen has been in a slightly advanced no.10 role, or slightly wider areas or more in a striker kind of area of late.

"So I think there are differences in our game and styles but in terms of what we try to bring to the team, it is pretty similar in terms of productivity in goals and assists.

"Michael Ballack was a a good player for us in terms of what he contributed and we have all got really good memories of Bally when he was at the club and what he did for us, but Kai is going to be his own player and his own person.

"He has his own style and he is very unique in terms of that, which really excites me to work with him, in terms of him going forward."

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