Manchester United and Chelsea will both be expecting to challenge for silverware, and at the very minimum clinch a Champions League place again, next season. But it is only the London club who have backed up their ambition with a remarkable summer of spending.
While Old Trafford chiefs continue to ponder and monitor potential targets, Chelsea have been swift in reinforcing Frank Lampard's ranks with several star names. The most recent came in the form of a club record deal, for a player United had reportedly also identified on their shortlist.
Kai Havertz has headed to west London in an overall package worth £89million and admitted that working under the club legend at the helm helped him make up his mind. There can be no doubting that there were plenty of interested parties, with United having weighed up a move.
Old Trafford chiefs had also identified Kai Havertz, who joined Chelsea, as a potential target
Their hesitation helped pave Havertz's path to a direct Premier League rival, adding another unsavoury twist to what has so far transpired to be a summer of frustration across the board.
The Manchester Evening News claimed that United held off on moving for Havertz due to another electric wideman having been earmarked as their primary target. That player, of course, is Borussia Dortmund and England sensation Jadon Sancho.
Both starlets command eye-watering price tags and had impressed in the Bundesliga last season. But as it stands, just one has moved to England with United still unwilling to stump up the £108m required to snap up Sancho.
It comes as no surprise that both elite clubs have been desperate to add more firepower to their squads, but Chelsea have proved worlds apart with their decisiveness and formidable spending power.
Havertz has moved to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusen in a club record £89m switch
Chelsea are targeting silverware next season and the signing of the versatile Havertz will help
(Stats taken from all competitions)
The arrival of Havertz will significantly boost their hopes of achieving more success when football resumes this month, and the groundbreaking signing may ultimately prove pivotal in the race for Europe.
His statistics more than speak for themselves. Havertz scored 18 goals and laid on nine assists in 45 appearances for Leverkusen last season. He netted a goal every 205 minutes on average, with an assist arriving roughly every 410 minutes, for his club and on the international stage. The playmaker also boasts an unblemished penalty record with seven successful attempts.
This ability to tee up his team-mates, combined with his formidable nature inside the penalty area, means he will be able to operate across Chelsea's forward line and terrorise a number of top flight defences.
Havertz was afforded a total of 30 'big chances' last term in the Bundesliga. A 21.82 per cent shot to goal conversion followed, an impressive number considering the average for the division stands at 16.63 per cent. And even more notable is his prolific record from close range. He boasts a 50 per cent shot to goal conversion inside the box, a number which goes a long way to justifying the club record outlay required to poach him.
The 21-year-old scored 18 goals and laid on nine assists in 45 outing for Leverkusen last season
Frank Lampard has been superbly backed in the current market with a £230m overall spree
His rich vein of form also saw him linked with Real Madrid and Champions League holders Bayern Munich - and the move makes the 21-year-old the joint most expensive player ever signed by a British club.
But while Havertz will be relishing the chance to make his Premier League debut against Brighton on September 14, Sancho remains in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. He recently revealed he has been left