Chelsea have finally agreed a deal with Bayern Leverkusen to sign 22-year-old German international Andre Schurrle, according to the Metro.
The deal, believed to be worth around £20 million, has been struck after the Blues had three separate bids turned down last year, but reports in Germany suggest the west London outfit have finally got their man.
The agreement comes with Chelsea yet to publicly appoint a new manager for next season, so this is very much a 'club' signing.
Schurrle's arrival would signal Chelsea’s first foray into the transfer market this summer, and could kickstart a squad overhaul for the champions of Europe, with the likes of Frank Lampard, Paolo Ferreira, Yossi Benayoun, and Michael Essien edging closer to the Stamford Bridge exit door.
Schurrle’s arrival is a threat to the starting position of £50 million man Fernando Torres, with the German international direct competition to Torres. With Chelsea reportedly interested in Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao too, perhaps this is another sign that Torres' long-term Chelsea future is in doubt?
Chelsea have opened talks with Schurrle over a £90,000-a-week, five-year contract following the VIP treatment that the player's representatives received in Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City at the weekend.
Many Chelsea fans will be questioning whether they really need another player who will play in an attacking midfield berth, with Kevin Du Bruyne and Lucas Piazon out on loan, whilst first-team regulars Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Juan Mata all play in similar positions.
Chelsea fans, do you need Schurrle? Is he worth a reported £20m? Have your say in the comments section below, and follow me on Twitter: @muscat_george
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