Arsenal have offered Real Madrid the chance to sign Kai Havertz in the January transfer window, as per Defensa Central.
During the summer, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich expressed their interest in Havertz but were laid back by Chelsea’s high price tag.
The Gunners fought off competition from Los Blancos and Bavarians to secure the signing of Havertz in the summer but after a series of underwhelming performances, Arsenal’s director, Edu Gaspar and head coach, Mikel Arteta are looking to get rid of him barely a year after his £65m move from Chelsea.
This decision is surprising considering the substantial fee and wages associated with his transfer. The hefty transfer fee Arsenal paid to Chelsea for the 24-year-old has significantly increased the pressure on Havertz to perform at his best.
Arsenal may be aiming to prevent a situation similar to Nicolas Pepe’s, where a club-record signing mutually terminated his contract four years after his arrival.
Is Havertz on his way out?
Havertz’s contributions at his new club are yet to justify his hefty price tag. He has only scored one goal and provided one assist. This solitary goal came from a penalty against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the end of September.
Despite being in the starting lineup against Newcastle United last weekend, Havertz failed to leave a significant impact and was fortunate to avoid a red card for a reckless challenge on Sean Longstaff in the first half.
Havertz is among the top earners at Arsenal, and due to his widely publicized struggles, it would be challenging to find a potential buyer. Consequently, the club is likely to face a substantial financial loss in the event of his departure.
There still remain debates and uncertainty about Havertz’s ideal playing position. During his time at Chelsea last season, he was predominantly employed as a forward, but his performance was underwhelming, with just nine goals and one assist in 47 appearances.
Under Arteta’s management this season, Havertz has been deployed in a deeper role, yet this positional adjustment has not yielded the desired results, as he continues to grapple with consistency in influencing matches.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal will count their losses to sell the German attacker or remain patient as he has often times shown flashes of brilliance.