Chelsea target Kai Havertz has been tipped to become “an absolute superstar in the next few years” by German football expert Raphael
Bayer Leverkusen are holding out for £90m for the attacking midfielder, but Sky Sports understands a structured deal starting at £70m and rising to that higher figure with add-ons has been proposed. Havertz is pushing his current club hard in order for a deal to be reached before Leverkusen face Rangers in the Europa League next week.
On Friday, Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes said the club have not yet received an official bid from any club for the player, but Honigstein believes the player is well worth the money, should both parties reach a satisfactory conclusion.
Chelsea will have an enviable plethora of attacking talent at their disposal regardless of whether Havertz joins, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner snapped up earlier in the summer for a combined £83m.
Lampard’s favoured formation is 4-3-3 but with games likely to be every three days next season, Honigstein does not believe the Chelsea boss will have any concerns rotating his squad to keep everyone happy.
Mesut Ozil is facing an uncertain future after being frozen out at Arsenal. Ozil is the highest earner at Arsenal on £350,000 a week and he has only one year left on his contract.
Head coach Mikel Arteta has been reluctant to talk about Ozil in public. Arteta said Ozil missed the first game back against Manchester City for tactical reasons and he is said to have not featured in subsequent squads because of a back injury.
Honigstein believes it will be difficult for Ozil to resurrect his career at the Emirates Stadium, saying: “Arteta seems to have made up his mind
that Ozil is not going to play a part going forward.
“He gave him the chance to come back and he did have some encouraging performances, but ultimately didn’t do enough to hold down a place. Arteta is in a very strong position as a manager who can really force his views and choose his personnel in the squad.
“But the problem is that while Arsenal may want to take him off the wage bill, without his consent and without a club willing to pay the same wages – or at least a significant part of the wages – it’s not going to happen”.