Dimitar Berbatov slams Chelsea’s "ridiculous" Kai Havertz transfer fee

Chelsea’s transfer fee paid for Kai Havertz is “ridiculous”, says Manchester United legend Dimitar Berbatov.

The German midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge in a five-year deal worth £70m, the sixth player to join Frank Lampard’s side this season.

At just 21 years old, the midfielder already has vast experience in the Bundesliga as he became the highest scorer for his age in the league’s history last season.

But Berbatov, who scored 56 goals in 149 appearances for the Red Devils, believes the price put on his head was too high.

Speaking to Betfair, the United hero said: “I think the amount of money spent on Kai Havertz was a little too much for my taste.

“It's ridiculous, it's too much money. Havertz is a great talent, and I have said that in the past, I am a big fan of his and with my Leverkusen connection I was keeping a keen eye on him every week, but still the money that they have paid is crazy.

“He's a great signing for the team, along with Timo Werner, and they certainly have the talent to challenge for the title next season, but the test is going to be a big one for them.

“His vision of the game, his positioning, that pass in the final third he can deliver, his finishing and his intelligence are all things that we will see from him in a Chelsea shirt.

“From what I was hearing at Leverkusen, he really wanted to make that next step in his career and that shows confidence.

“He’s telling people he wants to move forward at that early age, and especially with moving to England, one of the best leagues in the world with the best players.”

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Berbatov also sent a warning to Havertz ahead of his season in the Premier League.

He added: “It's more physical and he will need to work on that side of the game because he is still a young boy.

“Hopefully he can adapt quickly to life in the Premier League. He's confident in his ability that he will do well, and I'll be following him very closely.

“The quality he has, working with a young manager in Frank Lampard, I think he will be fine.

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  • “It will also be a big help that he has Werner in the dressing room with him.

    “When you go to a new place and you have a team mate who is the same nationality, or someone that has played in the same league as you previously, it is a massive help.

    “It feels easier to fit in and he won't be the only new boy there.”

    It comes as Havertz’s shirt number has been confirmed at Stamford Bridge.

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