Finally it seems as though the end is in sight for the transfer of German international Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea.
Now there have been many false dawns already in this transfer saga so of course I can forgive any Chelsea fan who is sat there thinking ‘yeah; I’ve heard that one before’.
But now it really does seem to be on the verge of completion as the one major stumbling block seems to have come around to the idea.
The main issue has been that of Chelsea attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian international has been in excellent form on-loan at Werder Bremen this season and that caught the eye of Bayer officials; who said that any deal for Schurrle needed to include De Bruyne.
Which seemed fine. Chelsea seem happy to let him have another development season out on loan and the deal seemed to be in place.
Until Bayern Munich went and signed Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund. Now Dortmund were after a replacement and they too saw De Bruyne through green eyes.
Dortmund reportedly wanted to sign him permanently on a five-year-deal and De Bruyne was claimed to want it to happen; but now that no longer appears the case and the Schurrle deal can go through. Finally Chelsea get what they want.
But what does it all mean for another of Europe’s most coveted attacking playmaker talents?
Paris Saint-Germain have also been credited with an interest while the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid have all been credited with fleeting interest.
But Borussia Dortmund is where much of the speculation in his homeland places him; where some media even reported that a deal was done this week.
However Eriksen was quick to dismiss that a deal was as near to complete as we had been led to believe:
"I still haven't heard anything. I've just seen what is in the papers. Of course it is pointless if there isn't any truth to the rumours. But I've read a lot, and so far nothing is completely true. I've said it before that Dortmund is an option that would be good for me, but it is not the only option."
The Dutch club’s sporting director Marc Overmars also admitted that the player, whose contract expires in 2014, was not on his way to Dortmund insisting ‘Dortmund have not contacted us’.
But his phone might be about to ring.
With Gotze leaving and now De Bruyne no longer an option the fact remains that Dortmund need a player who can play that position; with Eriksen now the number one target.
Starters blocks; on your marks, get set, go … because Chelsea have just pulled the trigger on the starting pistol for the race to Christian Eriksen’s summer signature.
Who do you think will win the race for the Danish international?
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