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Chelsea get £18m Schurrle


Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle

CHELSEA continued their vision for the future development of their team with the confirmation of the signing of 22-year-old Germany forward Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen.

Schurrle has long been a target for the Blues and becomes the first transfer since the appointment of new manager Jose Mourinho in what is reported to be an £18million deal.

It had been expected Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne would move on loan as part of the deal, following a successful spell in the Bundesliga at Werder Bremen last season.

However, Chelsea's statement last night made no mention of the 21-year-old, with Mourinho suggesting on Monday the player was very much in his first-team plans as the Blues boss aims to bring through the next generation, like Romelu Lukaku, alongside established first-team players such as club captain John Terry and England midfielder Frank Lampard.

A Chelsea statement read: "Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Andre Schurrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical."

As usual during any transfer window, Chelsea have been linked with a string of players.

Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 20, is one reported target, as is senior Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, currently with Galatasaray.

Leverkusen, meanwhile, bolstered their attacking options with the signing of South Korean Son Heung-Min from Hamburg.