Former Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has warned Chelsea that transfer target Kai Havertz may not have the ‘strength and power’ required to play in the Premier League.
Chelsea are eager to secure a deal for the Bayer Leverkusen star, who could cost £90million.
However, Podolski, who played 60 times in the Premier League, has concerns regarding whether Havertz would suit the English top flight.
As reported by The Sun, Podolski said: ‘He’s a great talent. On the ball he is so creative, but he’s still young — let’s see if he can fit into the Premier League.
‘I think he is still missing some strength and power, but he should taste the drink of the Premier League and see if he likes it.
‘I did, but I knew I would like it. I’m strong, I have a good shot, I’m from the street, I’m like a pitbull. I knew I could deal with the Premier League with the long balls, the physical side and the referees.’
Havertz, who can play up front, as an attacking midfielder or out wide, has frequently impressed for Leverkusen – he scored 18 goals and provided nine assists in 45 appearances last season across all competitions.
If the move does materialise it would certainly be intriguing to see how Havertz adapts to English football.
Chelsea have already made two major signings ahead of next season, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner joining from Ajax and RB Leipzig respectively.
While he isn’t entirely sure about Havertz, Podolski is confident that Werner will be a success at Stamford Bridge.
Podolski told The Athletic: ‘When you score 28 goals in the Bundesliga, you are a good player.
‘He’s quick, has a good shot, runs a lot and will fit in with this Chelsea team with its young players and coach, if they can accommodate him.’