‘Frank Lampard would be 100 per cent behind Kai Havertz… he will help him develop’: Michael Ballack believes Chelsea boss is perfect for £90m Bayer Leverkusen star due to manager’s similar prowess as lethal goal-scoring midfielder
- Kai Havertz is a strongly linked transfer target for Frank Lampard at Chelsea
- Michael Ballack believes Lampard could help develop £90million-rated star
- The young forward’s eye for goal is similar to Lampard’s as a player, says Ballack
Chelsea is the ideal destination for £90million target Kai Havertz to ‘further develop’ his goal-scoring talents under Frank Lampard — according to former Blues and Bayer Leverkusen star Michael Ballack.
The 21-year-old is believed to be a top priority for Lampard, with some reports that the Leverkusen star has already agreed a five-year deal to switch to west London.
And Ballack, who was a team-mate of Lampard during their playing days, believes the Chelsea manager’s goal-scoring prowess as a player makes him the perfect man to help Havertz bring his own impressive record to the next level.
£90m-rated Kai Havertz is a strongly reported transfer target for Frank Lampard at Chelsea
Michael Ballack says Lampard’s eye for goal as a player makes him perfect for prolific Havertz
‘I firmly believe that Lampard would be 100 per cent behind Havertz’, Ballack told Bild of the influence the 42-year-old could have on the German star.
‘He likes players who are very dangerous in front of goal and there aren’t many of those.
‘Havertz is a player that Lampard would help further develop, not least because he himself was a midfielder with an eye for goal, who was always moving into dangerous areas, looking to finish off a chance.’
The pair were team-mates together in a successful period for the Blues between 2006-2010
Despite only turning 21 two months ago, Havertz has already featured 150 times for Leverkusen, scoring an astonishing 46 goals and registering 31 assists.
Chelsea are believed to be the frontrunners for the prolific forward, with Lampard keen to bolster an attack that will already include Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech next season.
The two clubs still have to thrash out negotiations over a fee for the 21-year-old, with the Germans unwilling to lower their £90million valuation of the attacker.
Blues remain optimistic they can thrash out a deal with Bayer Leverkusen for Havertz
The Blues remain optimistic, though, that a deal can be done in the coming days, with staggered payments preferable for the club, given the financial uncertainties inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Havertz scored his side’s only goal as the Europa League campaign came to an end at the hands of Inter Milan in the quarter-final, his 18th of the season.
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