Chelsea chase £15m German striker

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Chelsea are weighing up a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle, according to the Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old German international only signed for his current club last summer, in a £6.5million deal from fellow Bundesliga side Mainz.

After impressing for Leverkusen this season, Schurrle is hoping to make the cut for Euro 2012, but even if he fails to board the plane, could still be on the move again ahead of the 2012-13 campaign.

The forward first emerged on the Stamford Bridge radar when he featured against Chelsea in the Champions League earlier this season.

Schurrle fits the profile of the kind of player that the Blues are looking to recruit, ahead of the planned overhaul of their first-team squad.

His ability to play either as a central striker or in a wide attacking role, will mean he would be well suited to the club's style of play. Chelsea are believed to have made initial inquiries about Schurrle's availability, and having reportedly been quoted a valuation of £15million, have not yet made a firm offer.

Russian owner Roman Abramovich is keen to create a 'hungry, young team' in west London, but there is still some confusion as to which players Chelsea are actually targeting while the club waits for a permanent manager to be appointed.

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