Chelsea have had an offer in excess of £16million for Germany forward Andre Schurrle rejected by Bayer Leverkusen, according to a report in Germany.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of Germany's most exciting young talents since joining Leverkusen from Mainz last year.

He has already won 16 caps for Germany and was a member of Joachim Loew's their Euro 2012 squad, making two substitute appearances in the victories over Denmark and Greece.

Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo is keen to bring Schurrle to Stamford Bridge this summer, as he looks for a long-term replacement for Didier Drogba, who left west London upon the expiry of his contract in June.

Fernando Torres will be expected to fill the void left by the Ivorian international, particularly after claiming the Golden Boot for Spain in Poland and Ukraine. But, that doesn't mean Chelsea won't look to further strengthen their forward options.

Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser was quoted as saying by German news agency SID: "We were presented with a very concrete offer from Chelsea for Andre of beyond the 20 million euro mark.

"The sum was pushed back and forth between the two clubs. We ultimately chose Andre. Andre is very valuable for us. He has also made it clear he would like to stay with us."


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