Chelsea are currently on course to get the player on the books at Bayer Leverkusen, with Goal reporting that they have opened talks with the Bundesliga outfit over a potential €76m (£69m/$90m) deal for Kai Havertz.
Ikey Gundogan haven witnessed Havertz’s talents in close quarters, and thinks he is already a better all-round player than former Blues midfielder Michael Ballack.
The City star said of the Leverkusen ace: “In my opinion, Havertz is even better than Ballack in terms of his playing ability. 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.”
Gundogan went on to discuss Leroy Sane’s recent €49m (£44m/$58m) switch to Bayern Munich, predicting a bright future for his ex-City team-mate at Allianz Arena after admitting that he was aware of his impending departure for some time.
“The day before the move became official he confirmed it to me (that he was leaving). It didn’t shock me as I knew it was coming,” the 29-year-old added.
“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.”