Chelsea target Kai Havertz is a few days away from becoming a Chelsea player for a reported fee of €80m plus €20m in bonuses.
For a 21-year-old to command such fee isn’t normal, he must be special. So, what makes Havertz special? Why is he wanted by all the top clubs in Europe?
Here Is why:
Germany coach Joachim Löw
“To play such a season at 19 and score 17 goals is exceptional. With Kai Havertz I asked myself after the first time he trained with us whether he could’ve already been with us for a year or two. It seemed as if he’d always played with the others. I’ve seen that very, very rarely with a player before.”
Former Bayer Leverkusen stst Roberto Hilbert
“He is the next big, big player to come from Germany. I was there when he made his debut in our team at 17. In this generation, I think he will be a game-changer. He is a really smart player, quick and he is a nice person.
“He has some things Ballack had, some things Ozil had but he puts it into one package which is what makes him so dangerous.
“I think he has a level of talent that nobody else has. When Chelsea sign him for the next years then I think it will be a great chance to help them win titles in the Premier League.
“That’s how good he is. He worked hard, but he is a smart and humble person. That comes from his good family unit and he will continue to work hard and improve every day.”
Bayern Munich Hansi Flick
“I think very few coaches wouldn’t want to have Kai Havertz in their team. He has developed enormously at Leverkusen. He moves very well between the lines, is quite fast, safe on the ball and is good at finding space. He has got a strong goal-scoring instinct at a young age.”
“Obviously Jadon Sancho is one of the hottest properties but the player that stands out for me at the moment is Germany’s Kai Havertz from Leverkusen. He’s playing up top at the moment as they have a couple of injuries – a very versatile player.
“He reminds me of a young Michael Ballack, I said this months or years ago. He’s just a brilliant player, he’s so flexible, he’s tall, he can hold the ball up.
“He’s physical, technically he’s very gifted. He’s perfect. He knows where the goal is, as he showed in the first two games after the break.
“His best position, at the moment he plays up top, but I’d say it’s a number 10 or a number eight. An attacking midfielder. At the moment he’s got that air of arrogance about him in a nice way. He hardly ever gives the ball away.”
Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Völler
“He has the running style and elegance of Özil and the physicality, robustness, aerial power and ability to cause a danger in front of goal like Michael in his top years. There are no limits for him. In addition to his talent and sporting abilities, he’s totally down-to-earth”