Date: 15th April 2013 at 2:00pm
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Bayern Levekusen’s Andre Schurrle is expected to be Chelsea’s first signing of the summer transfer window for £20 million, according to the Daily Mirror.

The player’s representatives were present during yesterday’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley Stadium and personal terms are to be discussed as it seems the details in relation to the fee has already been agreed between the two clubs.

Chelsea have been linked with the German since the beginning of the season but an agreement couldn’t be struck until now as the Mirror believe that Roman Abramovich trusts his scouts and would like to present the player to the club’s next permanent manager once it is complete.

Raphael Honigstein, a German journalist and author, has also spoken a fair bit about the rumours linking Schurrle to Chelsea and said that the deal was close earlier in the month via his Twitter account (@honigstein) and is now saying that it is more or less imminent.

There had also been rumours that Kevin De Bruyne may be used as part of the deal but if he was going to Bayer in the summer then it will likely be on a loan deal which would be preferable to selling him to Dortmund, who are not interested in loaning the Belgian and would prefer a permanent contract.

Schurrle is a versatile attacking player and can play both as a striker and winger, so Victor Moses is likely the player most under threat from his impending arrival and he’ll likely challenge Oscar for a starting spot. He could also provide a fresh option as a forward but we are yet to see if a new striker will arrive on the scene and which players will be departing the club at the end of the season.

I think there are better options out there than Schurrle, especially for the money, but he is a young player with good potential and the Germans have proved fairly adept at producing plenty of young talent recently.

Source: The Mirror

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