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First signing of Mourinho's second Chelsea reign agreed - just as previous first signing leaves

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Andre Schurrle will become Jose Mourinho's first signing of his second stint at Chelsea; a little under a month after Paolo Ferreira left the club.

Finally the long awaited transfer of Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle to Chelsea FC has been finalised after months of protracted and continually difficult negotiations over bringing the player into the club this summer.

The deal seemingly fell apart on more than one occasion with the main complication coming from the future of Kevin De Bruyne; who Leverkusen wanted on loan but Mourinho wanted at Chelsea.

And while the cogs were certainly set into action a long time before Mourinho was confirmed as the permanent successor to the Roberto Di Matteo throne that Rafa Benitez had been keeping warm for him you can be sure he was given the veto option on this deal.

But that was not the case and the £18 million deal for the player has been confirmed today, subject to medical and personal matters being finalised, as Mourinho is clearly a fan of the player as well.

It also means that Schurrle becomes the first official signing of the second Mourinho era.

Interestingly that means that Schurrle has only just missed out on the opportunity to play with the man who was the first signing of the original Mourinho Chelsea reign.

Of course he will be able to play alongside one Mourinho original in the form of Petr Cech but the man Mourinho first signed when in charge of The Blues in the summer of 2004 was his right-back stalwart at FC Porto Paulo Ferreira.

After helping FC Porto win the Champions League the season before with Mourinho at the helm the Portuguese went on to increase his standing even more with an impressive turn-out for Portugal at their home European Championships; where they lost the final to shock outfit Greece.

On the 23rd June 2004 Ferreira’s deal to Chelsea was rubber stamped at the cost of £13.2 million; meaning Mourinho has paid £5 million more for his most recent maiden signing.

And Ferreira has been there ever since; a worthy servant to the Chelsea cause even when he was no longer a first-team regular; and he was given a heroes reception when he announced his retirement at the end of last season on the Stamford Bridge pitch.

So a good omen for Schurrle then that the last man who Mourinho first brought into the Chelsea family survived nine years at the club without ever getting on the wrong side of the fans; and has a place in history as one of the players that dragged Chelsea back to the top of English football.

Schurrle will surely be happy with that as a Chelsea career.

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