It has been, by comparison, a largely disappointing season for Chelsea. Despite reaching the UEFA Europa League final on Thursday night courtesy of a 5-2 aggregate triumph over Swiss outfit FC Basel overall the campaign has not lived up to the hype of last year; following a Champions League victory.
That means a summer of transition is in the offing with the first big signing being reported already by the red-tops this morning as Jose Mourinho.
But the club are also agonisingly close to completing a deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s star forward Andre Schurrle. The London club are long term admirers of the 21-year-old German international and have had a successful bid lodged with the Bundesliga outfit already.
Schurrle is keen on a move while Leverkusen want the sale but the problem seems to be the third party involved; Kevin De Bruyne.
The Belgian international is supposed to be going on loan in the opposite direction in order to help lessen the affect had by Schurrle’s departure but the talented attacking midfielder is holding out for a permanent move to Borussia Dortmund. Such is his good form with Werder Bremen this season that Die Schwarzgelben thinks him capable of stepping into Mario Gotze’s shoes.
The likelihood however remains that come next season Chelsea will have their man in the squad, adding an extra dimension both out-wide and through the middle, but shouldn’t they be directing their attentions elsewhere?
For all of Fernando Torres’ posturing in Europe he has been woeful in the Premier League while Demba Ba has certainly not lived up to expectation.
A striker should certainly be on the shopping list regardless of Romelu Lukaku’s imminent return.
So why stop at Schurrle in a Leverkusen raid; why not go for their star striker Stefan Kiessling?
The 29-year-old striker is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League this summer and after a season that has seen him tipped as the successor to Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund it would not be a bad shout.
If you are to look at the race for European footballs Golden Boot award Kiessling is in illustrious company. He is tenth in the list with the top nine reading like a who’s-who of talent with Messi, Ronaldo, Zlatan, Falcao, RVP, Cavani, Suarez and of course Lewandowski; whom he trails by just one goal in the Bundesliga scoring charts.
His 24 goals in 40 matches this campaign certainly deserves to be noticed.
He recently mentioned he was happy to remain in Germany but the lure of joining Schurrle in the Premier League may make him change his mind. Throw flop signing Marko Marin into the deal and Chelsea could be on to a bargain winner.
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