Stamford Bridge side look to snap up Bayer Leverkusen forward.
CHELSEA are set to continue their summer spending by clinching the £23.5m signing of German striker Andre Schurrle.
Boss Roberto Di Matteo confirmed yesterday the European champions and FA Cup winners were aiming to bring in a forward before the transfer window closes in nine days.
Despite losing experienced striker Didier Drogba – who joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua this summer – the Blues are going for the relatively inexperienced Schurrle to boost their attack.
SOURCE: Daily Star
There has been a great deal of speculation as to whom Chelsea would bring in to help beef up a front-line that is missing the mercurial presence of Blues legend Didier Drogba and this source believes that hole may well be filled by young German international Andre Schurrle.
The Bayer Leverkusen man has been the subject of a Chelsea pursuit for the best part of three months and after a couple of failed bids the German international may well be edging closer to joining his international team-mate Marko Marin at Stamford Bridge.
Schurrle is not the same style of player as Drogba but he is an adaptable forward who can play comfortably out wide or in an orthodox striking role.
Though still relatively young Schurrle has amassed a decent level of experience, making over 100 top level club appearances and netting 29 goals in the process. The former Mainz man has perhaps impressed most when playing for his national team, scoring seven times in 17 appearances.
Roberto Di Matteo may well feel he needs to continue his pursuit of young talents, having already brought in Eden Hazard, Oscar and the aforementioned Marin, but is also looking to boost his attack. The Blues boss has to rely on Fernando Torres making a huge improvement having been something of a disaster over the past 18 months.
The Chelsea boss can also call upon Daniel Sturridge, a player the Italian doesn’t appear to have a great deal of faith in given that he overlooked the England international when it came to naming his starting elevens for both the FA Cup and Champions League finals.
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