Arsenal have agreed a fee with Chelsea for signing German striker Kai Havertz.
The 24-year-old has emerged as a top target for the Gunners in recent weeks as they look to improve on a squad that finished second in the Premier League last season.
According to the PA news agency, an agreement has now been reached between the London rivals, allowing Havertz to discuss terms and undergo a medical.
The deal, including surcharges, is believed to be in excess of £65million with Havertz now likely to be Arsenal’s first signing of the season.
After joining Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020, Havertz scored 19 goals in 91 Premier League games for the Blues and also scored the only goal of the game as they beat Manchester City and won the Champions League in 2021.
He could quickly be followed to the Emirates Stadium by West Ham captain Declan Rice, with Arsenal having already turned down two offers.
Rice has been admired in north London for some time but a record transfer fee from the club was rejected by the Hammers on Tuesday as a £90m offer was not enough to secure an agreement.
Southampton midfielders Romeo Lavia and Ajax’s Jurrien Timber have also been linked with Arsenal this summer.