Bayer Leverkusen forward set for Stamford Bridge move.
Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign long term target Andre Schurrle according to German source Bild.
The West London club have failed in two previous bids for the highly rated Bayer Leverkusen forward but are apparently close to agreeing a deal that will cost the Stamford Bridge side €15m (£12.7m) and will see Belgian attacker Kevin de Bruyne join the Bundesliga side as part of a part-exchange deal.
The 22 year old German international has been in excellent form this term, form that looks likely to help Sami Hyypia’s side to clinch a Champions League berth, and Chelsea are seemingly keen to bring in the adaptable attacker to boost their front-line.
Schurrle has racked up 11 goals and seven assists thus far this season and could be seen as a long term replacement for flop forward Fernando Torres, who may well be offloaded by Chelsea this summer.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is keen to build for the future and has financed deals to bring in a number of young talents as his old guard edges towards the latter stages of their respective careers.
De Bruyne has been performing well with Werder Bremen whilst on a season long loan spell this term and has no doubt impressed Bayer Leverkusen in the process. A permanent move to the German top tier would appear to be better for the youngster’s long term career progression than an extended stay at Chelsea, where he is still to play a competitive game for the Premier League side.