Chelsea seem very close to a deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle on a long term contract but the deal could still fall through based around current Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
There are plenty of reports which have suggested De Bruyne could be involved in the deal to sign Schurrle with Bayer Leverkusen thought to be very keen on the play maker who has been on loan at Werder Bremen this season.
Chelsea are under big pressure when it comes to the future of De Bruyne because Borussia Dortmund have already made an offer to sign him permanently, with the Blues hanging onto him in case he is needed for the Schurrle deal.
The latest reports suggest that Chelsea are bidding around the £20 million mark for Schurrle in a deal which does not include any loan package for De Bruyne which means Chelsea could still sell him to Borussia Dortmund.
If that is the case then Bayer Leverkusen could play hard ball over their star man, which could pile up the frustration for Chelsea, forcing them to pull out of any proposed deal and look at other targets.
That is something they cannot allow to happen because 22-year-old German international Schurrle is someone who could transform the attack of the Chelsea side.
His ratio isn’t overly impressive this season; nine goals and five assists from 29 games but that doesn’t tell the whole story because he’s a much better player than that strike rate suggests.
Not only is he a very slippery forward to keep tabs on for the opposition defence, he also has the ability to drop into the top of the midfield and mix it with any of the best ball players Chelsea have in that area.
He is good enough to compete with someone like Juan Mata or Oscar when it comes to an attacking midfield role and his potential means he’s always going to get chances as a striker up against Fernando Torres or Demba Ba.
De Bruyne is an issue for Chelsea because he is a big talent and one they seem keen to hold onto. If Bayer Leverkusen play hard ball, then they may have no choice but to send him back out on loan, which seems to be what he’s asking for.
However, Chelsea seem more keen to either get him back and stick him in the squad, which risks alienating him unless he gets games, or selling him in a permanent deal and snapping up the £17 million offer which is on the table.
That could be an offer that no other club is prepared to make and one which could force Chelsea’s hand in the matter.
The priority is getting Schurrle signed up on a permanent official transfer and De Bruyne is secondary to that, regardless of his form at Werder Bremen this season or the potential he could show back at Stamford Bridge.
Who would be the more important player for Chelsea?
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