Reports reveals stunning Arsenal contract offer that persuaded Havertz to leave Chelsea

Joe Williams
New Arsenal signing Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz swapped Chelsea for Arsenal this summer.

Arsenal made Kai Havertz among the top earners in the club’s history when they agreed to sign him from Chelsea, according to reports.

The Gunners completed the signing of the Germany international on a long-term deal earlier this week in a transfer that cost the north London club £65m.

Havertz and Chelsea had a disappointing season last term as Havertz finished joint-top scorer with just nine goals, level with Raheem Sterling, while the Blues ended the campaign 12th in the Premier League table.

The former Bayer Leverkusen attacker will remain in the Champions League next season at Arsenal after Chelsea missed out on Europe altogether,

Champions League football and the talented squad Mikel Arteta is building will have been key reasons as to why Havertz decided to join Arsenal – but no doubt money played a part too.

And German newspaper Bild have given details of the huge amount Havertz will get paid, with Arsenal providing him with a salary of €20m a year to tempt him across London.

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That breaks down to over €380k a week to make him by far the top earner at the club with Thomas Partey earning €12m a year, which translates to around €250k a week.

Bild add that the wage puts him into the ‘top group’ of earners at the club with West Ham midfielder Declan Rice likely to join him in that group in the coming days.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu both used the word “excited” to describe their feelings after sealing a deal for Havertz earlier this week.

Edu told the club’s official website: “We’re excited to bring Kai to the club and great work by everyone to get this deal complete. Kai is an exciting addition to our squad, who will bring great attacking quality and versatility.

“As an experienced 24-year-old, his signing represents another important step in strengthening our young core of talented players we have at Arsenal. We look forward to working with Kai.”

Arteta added: “Kai is a player of top quality. He has great versatility and is an intelligent player. He will bring a huge amount of extra strength to our midfield and variety to our play.

“We welcome Kai and his family to Arsenal Football Club and we are all excited to start working with him when we start pre-season training soon.”