As we head into the summer transfer window, Real Madrid are left with just two senior forwards on their books in the form of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes.
With Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, and Mariano Diaz all leaving, it goes without saying that the Merengues need to replenish their attacking unit in the summer as a matter of utmost priority.
To that end, they have identified Chelsea ace Kai Havertz as one of the main targets. The 23-year-old is a versatile operator who can play in multiple positions in the final third of the pitch, which makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid.
However, the operation to sign Havertz is understood to have stalled of late.
Fabrizio Romano has come up with an update on the matter, stating that while Real Madrid continue to hold an interest in the German international, they see his valuation of €60 million plus add-ons as expensive.
As such, they are not willing to meet those figures, which has led to the move not progressing at the moment.
Havertz signed for Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2020. In 139 appearances for the Blues, he has a return of 32 goals and 15 assists, with the match-winning goal in the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League final against Manchester City being his most notable achievement.
The German international finished with just nine goals in close to 50 appearances this past season. So, it is natural for Real Madrid to have aspersions about shelling out €60 million plus add-ons on his signing at a time when they are looking to strengthen other positions as well.
Only time will tell whether there is any progress made on this front or if the Merengues decide to completely abandon their pursuit of Havertz.