Andre Schurrle’s heavily speculated transfer to Chelsea may finally be concluded in the coming weeks as Leverkusen have confirmed negotiations have begun between the two clubs. As we have seen on numerous occasions during Roman Abramovich’s reign at Chelsea, whoever Roman wants Roman gets.
So who is Andre Schurrle? Bursting on to the Bundesliga scene at FSV Mainz without having even signed a professional contract, Schurrle made his debut against his current club Bayern Leverkusen. In the following month, Schurrle scored his first two goals in the Bundesliga, and shortly after the first two months of the season, the natural winger was rewarded with a professional contract.
Leverkusen signed Schurrle in the beginning of 2011-2012 season for an undisclosed fee. Slotting in perfectly on the flank, Schurrle has scored 18 goals in 61 games for Leverkusen in two seasons, whilst being rewarded with 22 international caps, contributing 7 goals since his first cap in November 2010.
Chelsea have been huge admirers of the 22-year-old. Other admirers include top European clubs such as Juventus and fellow Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. Chelsea have been extremely public about their interest in the German international. It’s assumed that Leverkusen are looking for a fee of around £23 million.
Being a natural winger, it would be a significant switch for Schurrle to work around the centrally oriented midfield of Chelsea that includes two PFA English Player of the Year nominees in Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, as well as Ramires and Oscar — all vying for a midfield role. Hazard is also regarded as an out-and-out wide player, but Hazard’s nomination for Player of the Year illustrates his versatility, for a winger to fit in to the current Chelsea team whilst making an evident impact.
The current Bayern Leverkusen winger has shown his talent since springing on to the Bundesliga scene, and has proven that scoring and creating goals is his natural gift. Could this be what a striker like Fernando Torres needs around him at Stamford Bridge? Assuming Schurrle does complete the move to the Premier League giants this summer, it wouldn’t be out of this world to assume that the German star will make a noticeable impact on the Chelsea team, and may even be the final piece of the puzzle for Abramovich’s Champions League dream next season.