For two months now long-term Chelsea target Andre Schurrle has been the subject of much speculation and transfer chit-chat. The Bayer Leverkusen forward has had to perform for the club under this mounting pressure and after the Bundesliga came to an end this weekend it was clearly a relief to the German international; who was very open about his future at his current club:
"I assume that it was my last game for Bayer’’ reported Bild on his reaction to questions about his future.
The deal at one point looked a foregone conclusion. It was a very simple decision to make in reality. Chelsea wanted Schurrle and Leverkusen were happy to sell as long as they got their hands on a decent replacement.
The player they had in mind was Chelsea youngster Kevin De Bruyne; who has had a special season at Werder Bremen on loan from The Blues.
But as we all well know by now De Bruyne has grown tired of loan-spells and is the object of Borussia Dortmund’s affections; as a potential replacement for Bayern Munich bound Mario Gotze.
Chelsea have been holding on to hope that they might just be able to complete that move but Rudi Voller’s remarks suggest that the De Bruyne angle is dead as they continue to search for a replacement for Schurrle:
"We are working on alternatives. And if we get one of the alternatives, we do it. "
So it appears that as soon as Bayer manage to secure a genuine replacement for the German international talent that the deal will finally go through.
So the news from Bayer Leverkusen is more mixed than positive for Chelsea as while it is clear all parties would like a deal to come to fruition Leverkusen refuse to be drawn into a sale before they know they have the perfect replacement for their star man.
Some intriguing developments then from the Bundesliga this weekend as the Schurrle to Chelsea deal continues to drag on leaving all parties frustrated thanks to De Bruyne’s Dortmund ambition.
But do Chelsea have an ace up their sleeve in the form of another young Belgian?
Thorgan Hazard, the younger brother of Eden, has led unfancied Zulte-Waregem to their most successful season in their 12-year history with some exquisite performances from the forward positions.
Such excellent form even saw him receive a call-up to the Belgium national team this month.
He is no nearer to making a first-team breakthrough at Chelsea than De Bruyne so could he be offered in the Schurrle deal as a loan-option instead?
Leverkusen may not have seen what he is capable of all season like they have with his Belgian compatriot De Bruyne but if they did their research they would certainly be impressed and he can play in all the positions Schurrle currently does.
Swap one Belgian protégé for another and the Schurrle deal could be done and dusted by the end of the week.
Should Chelsea offer Hazard as part of the Schurrle deal?
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