Chelsea FC have officially completed the signing of Andre Schürrle from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
The 22-year-old’s transfer is subject to completion of a medical and the transfer fee involved in this deal is believed to be around €22m. Initially Chelsea were looking to involve Kevin De Bruyne in the deal with Leverkusen, but the Belgium international is reportedly on his way to Borussia Dortmund.
Schürrle becomes the first signing of Jose Mourinho during his second stint at the club. Reports suggest that the Portuguese manager consulted Michael Ballack, who was Schürrle’s teammate at Leverkusen, over a call regarding the young German international. Chelsea have released a statement on their official website confirming the deal between the two clubs.
“Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of André Schürrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical.”
Schürrle, who was brought from Mainz by Leverkusen back in 2011, has impressed with every passing season. The 22-year-old has scored 14 goals and provided nine assists in 42 appearances for the club last season – which is statistically his best season to date. The German international, who has already made 24 appearances for his country, is a dynamic attacking midfielder. He has mostly played as a left winger for Leverkusen, but can also play in the hole behind a striker.
Schürrle is a very direct footballer and exactly the type of winger Mourinho likes for his counter-attacking tactics. He likes to cut inside and shoot with his right foot and has tremendous pace. The German will compete with the likes of Hazard, Moses, Mata and Oscar for a place in the attacking quadrate upfront, although it is unlikely that he will find a regular place in the starting line-up immediately.
The arrival of the former Mainz winger also hinted at the possible exit of Kevin De Bruyne, who never really got a chance to prove himself at the club. Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen have moved quickly to replace Schürrle with highly rated Hamburg attacker Heung-Min Son.