Ilkay Gundogan agrees with Jurgen Klopp about Kai Havertz as Chelsea close in on transfer deal

Though no deal has yet been agreed, it does seem a matter of when rather than if as far as Chelsea’s pursuit of Kai Havertz is concerned.

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder, who netted 12 goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances during the 2019/20 campaign, as well as registering six assists, has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks and months, with Frank Lampard – the Chelsea head coach – eager to make him the next addition to his squad.

The 21-year-old Germany international is considered as one of the best attacking-midfielders emerging in European football, with his performances for Leverkusen over the past two years or so rarely going unnoticed.

Though understands Chelsea are actively looking to conclude a deal for the midfielder, no agreement between themselves and Leverkusen has yet been reached, meaning the saga continues to rumble on.

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However, though nothing is a given in football, all the pointers suggest that a deal will get done this summer and Havertz will be donning a Chelsea shirt at the start of next season, alongside fellow new recruits Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, both of whom have already started to train with his new teammates at the Blues’ Cobham training base.

Should Marina Granovskaia – Chelsea’s transfer guru – be successful in her attempts to sign Havertz, the signing would most certainly get the seal of approval from Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan, who has played alongside Havertz at international level.

The central-midfielder is a big fan of the youngster and believes he is even better than one of Germany’s greatest players of all-time.

“In my opinion, Havertz is even better than [Michael] Ballack in terms of his playing ability,” Gundogan told SportBild, via Goal.

“Ballack had a certain level of aggression in his game, and a strong mentality.

“He was a top player of the previous generation – a b*****d on the pitch, in a positive sense. Kai isn’t like that.”

As well as being full of praise for Havertz, Gundogan also paid credit to Werner, with the Germany international insisting that he and his Manchester City teammates already know what to expect from the Blues’ new striker.

“Believe me, everyone at City knows about Timo Werner,” Gundogan added.

“Many of my team-mates asked what kind of guy he is. He deserves respect.”

It isn’t just Gundogan that is a huge fan of both Havertz and Werner, either.

Jurgen Klopp, who recently guided Liverpool to their first-ever Premier League title, is also a big admirer of both Havertz and Werner.

Speaking to Sky in Germany in June, Klopp said: “There are a lot of good players on this planet,” Klopp told Sky Germany in early-June.

Kai Havertz continues to be strongly linked with Chelsea

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“Timo Werner is a great player, Kai Havertz is a great player.

“Right time, opportunity – everything has to come together. Six, seven weeks ago, we didn’t know if we could play again this year. If we hadn’t played the second half of the season, we would have thought, ‘Ok, when can you really play football again?’ And now it starts right away.

“We act as if everything is already settled. It’s not settled. We use this little loophole we’ve been left to play football again. Everything else we have to see the moment it happens. We can’t pretend now that everything’s going to be fine in the future.”

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