The German international has been impressing for years in the Bundesliga first with Mainz and now with Sami Hyppia’s Bayer 04 side.
Now it seems a deal is very much on the cards after the North-Rhine club admitted there had been registered interest in the player from The Blues.
The Lions general manager Rudi Voller confirmed the interest:
"Andre is not the only player we have received offers for. We will not get nervous. That we consider the offer is part of the business. It is all in our hands."
It comes after usually reputable source Bild reported that Chelsea are willing to offer €15 million for the player, who is contracted to Leverkusen until 2016.
However it was the other aspect of the deal that really caught my attention. That Chelsea were willing to let Kevin De Bruyne go in the opposite direction on loan for another season.
The Belgian has been in great form for Werder Bremen and the Belgian national team; even keeping Eden Hazard out the staring XI for Marc Wilmots Red Devils for a period in 2012.
So why would Chelsea not welcome him back with open arms?
Since joining the London club for £7 million from Genk in 2012 he has not featured once for The Blues due to loan spells away from the club.
This fobbing off of his immediate talents seems to be frustrating the 21-year-old in a similar way that it is with Belgian compatriot Thibaut Courtois; who may seek a permanent move to Atletico Madrid this summer.
Plus don’t Chelsea have a great bargaining tool already in their arsenal when it comes to trying to pry Schurrle away from Leverkusen.
Surely offering the disappointing Marko Marin on a permanent exchange would be a more fruitful move for Chelsea. Still thought of as a wasted prodigy in Germany Leverkusen may just be tempted to take a punt on his mercurial if not inconsistent talents.
He certainly is not as physically prepared for Premier League football as the likes of Schurrle and De Bruyne are.
I mean surely the best scenario from Chelsea’s point of view for next season is to have De Bruyne and Schurrle at the club and Marin back in Germany after a poor season?
Who would you rather have at the club?
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