Tottenham Hotspur made a last ditch attempt to take Andre Schurrle from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, only to see the German international move instead to VfL Wolfsburg.
Goal today carries the story that the winger was not only wanted by Mauricio Pochettino, but that Spurs actually enquired after his services, only to be quoted £30 million. Schurrle eventually moved to Wolfsburg for around £24 million, but only after an effort from north London was rebuffed.
It’s believed that Jose Mourinho and the powers that be at Stamford Bridge were unwilling to sell to a near rival, and Schurrle was also keen on a triumphant return to his homeland, with Wolfsburg having emerged as the only real competitors to Bayern Munich this season.
Despite becoming a fan favourite with the Blues, and enjoying a summer in 2014 wherein he assisted the goal that saw Germany lift the World Cup, Schurrle had been frozen out this season, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Mourinho’s deadline-day purchase of Juan Cuadrado, which was in the offing well before the last 24 hours of the window, meant that Schurrle was going to find himself drop another rung.
Yet he would have certainly been afforded game-time at White Hart Lane, with Pochettino offloading Aaron Lennon to Everton and making a considerable effort to thin his ranks. Both Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul almost left the club on loan deals, though both players remained after seeing moves fall through.
Tottenham business and Schurrle future
Now it appears Poch will be forced to wait until the summer to do his business, when the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Everton’s Kevin Mirallas could well be targets. Having witnessed first hand how dismissive Mourinho can be he’ll be reluctant to turn to Chelsea, and any players they might have ready to leave, but that doesn’t mean other Premier League clubs will negotiate in a similar manner.
As for Schurrle he’ll now turn his attentions to resurrecting his career. With Wolfsburg having bested Bayern 4-1 at the weekend there’s everything to play for in the Bundesliga, and Germany’s most coveted domestic trophy will certainly be on the minds of all at the Volkswagen Arena.