- 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 take his own impressive record to the next level.
‘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.
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 starlet, with the Germans unwilling to lower their £90million valuation of the attacker.