Kai Havertz is a ‘mix between Mesut Ozil and Mixhael Ballack at their peak’
Chelsea target Kai Havertz has been tipped to become “an absolute superstar in the next few years” by German football expert Rafael Honigstein.
Bayer Leverkusen are holding out for £90m for the attacking midfielder, but Sky Sports understands a structured deal starting at £70m and rising to that higher figure with add-ons has been proposed.
Havertz is pushing his current club hard in order for a deal to be reached before Leverkusen face Rangers in the Europa League next week.
On Friday, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes said the club have not yet received an official bid from any club for the player, but Honigstein believes the player is well worth the money, should both parties reach a satisfactory conclusion.
He told the Transfer Talk podcast: “He has work to do and has things to prove because he’s only just turned 21 but he’s an outstanding talent, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. He’s in a position where he could dominate the German national team over the next decade, depending on his position.
“Will he play in the No 10 role and become the new Mesut Ozil or will he settle a bit deeper and become the new Toni Kroos? He’s got the ability to play almost anywhere in front of the defence.
“If you look at the unique combination he has of technical ability and eye for a pass, but also having the ability to score and create goals himself, and his runs to be good in the air, I think the best way to sum it up is that he’s a cross between Mesut Ozil and Michael Ballack.