The speculation around a Chelsea raid for Kai Havertz has been endorsed by Man City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who claimed he is already ‘even better’ than a German legend.
The Blues have been one of the most active players in the transfer window thus far.
The arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have set pulses racing, but the headline attraction may yet still emerge.
Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Havertz has been identified as the man to pull the strings in the Chelsea attack.
The club were described as being ‘incredibly confident’ of being able to seal the deal recently, while a familiar obstacle with Geman players now appears to be out of the way.
Now, when discussing Chelsea’s impressive recruitment, City midfielder Gundogan has endorsed The Blues’ approach for his fellow countryman.
“Ballack had a certain level of aggression in his game, and a strong mentality.
“He was a top player of the previous generation – a bastard on the pitch, in a positive sense. Kai isn’t like that.”
Regarding Chelsea’s acquisition of feared frontman Werner, Gundogan was equally as impressed.
“Believe me, everyone at City knows about Timo Werner.
“Many of my team-mates asked what kind of guy he is. He deserves respect.”
City winger Leroy Sane finally signed for Bayern Munich after years of speculation, and Gundogan wasn’t the least bit surprised.
“The day before the move became official he confirmed it to me (that he was leaving)”, he continued.
“It didn’t shock me as I knew it was coming.
“He’s not won any titles in Germany yet [which acted as a motivation to make the move] and I think he’ll do great things in the Bundesliga and help Bayern a lot.”
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Meanwhile, a former three-time Premier League winner with Chelsea says he will “probably” be playing at Goodison Park next season.
The Carlo Ancelotti connection seems to have proved pivotal, and club have reportedly already made a “good offer”.