Chelsea transfer target Kai Havertz backed to surpass Mesut Ozil and become ‘superstar’

Chelsea target Kai Havertz has the talent to match and surpass the abilities of German football heroes Mesut Ozil, Michael Ballack and Toni Kroos. That’s according to German football journalist Raphael Honigstein.

Havertz, 21, currently plays for Bayer Leverkusen but Chelsea are said to be close to signing him.

Havertz can play a variety of different positions in midfield and in attack, with Frank Lampard keen to add him to the Blues’ roster this summer.

Chelsea have already signed Havertz’s compatriot Timo Werner, as well as former Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.

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Next season, Lampard’s side could be one of the Premier League’s most threatening teams going forward.

And if Honigstein’s assessments are anything to go by, a lot of that will be down to Havertz.  

“He has work to do and has things to prove because he’s only just turned 21,” Honigstein told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.

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“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.

“Both of them individually in their prime were pretty good players but a combination of both players in their prime, he’ll be an absolute superstar.

“All the indications are that he will turn into an absolute superstar in the next few years.”

Chelsea round off their domestic season later today when they take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. 

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