Stamford Bridge side keen on Bayer Leverkusen forward.
Chelsea turn to Andre Schurrle as Victor Moses talks hit the skids
Chelsea have turned their attention to Bayer Leverkusen winger Andre Schurrle, after Wigan broke off talks over selling Victor Moses.
Wigan flyer Victor Moses is the priority, but Chelsea were warned off the player last week by Latics chairman Dave Whelan, who has already snubbed Di Matteo’s £4 million offer.
Schurrle is currently away with the Germany squad at Euro 2012, where he is being monitored by Chelsea scouts, who are considering testing the water with an £7 million bid.
Leverkusen are certain to want more – closer to the £15 million bracket – but the Blues have only been following the player closely for a few months, and are unlikely to want to pay anything near that figure.
If Chelsea are really only willing to offer £7m for a young German international who is tied down to a long term Bayer Leverkusen contract then Roman Abramovich may as well not bother making the bid at all. In all likelihood such an offer is being made to act as a sign of intent to get the ‘lay of the land’ and most importantly of all to show Andre Schurrle that the Blues are interested in his services.
The 21 year old former Mainz man didn’t have the best of first seasons at the BayArena last term, notching up just nine goals in 40 appearances. However Schurrle has more than showed his potential when in action for his national team, scoring seven goals in 14 matches for Joachim Low’s side.
The adaptable forward can play either on the flank or as an orthodox forward and that level of adaptability is certainly worth more than £7m.
Roberto Di Matteo saw Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba leave Stamford Bridge and there are still massive questions to be asked about Fernando Torres and the need for more attacking options seems very apparent. Having brought in two creative talents to help unlock defences and provide assists, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, the West London side needs more players who can tuck away the chances that are created.