Chelsea transfers: ‘Andre Schürrle has probably agreed Blues deal’

Chelsea transfers: Bayer Leverkusen say Andre Schürrle has 'probably' agreed to join the Blues in the summer

Andre Schurrle
Andre Schürrle has scored nine goals this season Photo: Michael Kranewitter, via Wikimedia

Bayer Leverkusen believe Andre Schürrle has “probably” signed a pre-contract agreement with Chelsea as the Bundesliga club decide whether to cash in on the midfielder.

The Blues have been heavily linked with a move for the £20m-rated midfielder and Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Völler flew to London in April for discussions with Chelsea.

Schürrle, who is reported to have been a target of former Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas, has scored 11 goals and made six assists in 32 Bundesliga appearances this term.

And Leverkusen’s general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser reckons Schürrle has already agreed to sign for last year’s Champions League winners – but the German club have not decided whether to sell the playmaker or not.

“Andre Schürrle has probably signed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea,” Holzhauser is quoted as saying by Kicker magazine.

“It all depends on whether we let him go. We have received a concrete offer for a fee which we are considering.

“But the price alone is not decisive. We must also have alternatives, which we don’t have yet.”

Leverkusen have been linked with a swoop for Blues winger Kevin de Bruyne, who has impressed on a season-long loan at Werder Bremen this season.

But Holzhauser admitted the Bundesliga side were contending with interest from Borussia Dortmund over a temporary deal.

“He still has a few talks to hold with Chelsea,” added Holzhauser.

“It looks like there is an offer from Dortmund to sign the player for a relatively high fee.

“According to our information, Chelsea don’t want to sell him but just loan him out.”

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