Date: 16th April 2013 at 7:00pm
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schurrle face maskThe links between Chelsea and Andre Schurrle have escalated recently and today it has been reported that the player has agreed terms on a five-year contract with the club and Bayer Leverkusen officials are expected in London on Friday to conclude the deal.

According to Welt.de journalist Tim Röhn says that the offer is €22 million plus bonuses but the details of the fee have yet to be finalised. He does say that the agreement with the player is already there and although Bayer would like to replace Schurrle with Kevin De Bruyne, the Belgian’s agent has told him that Chelsea say he is not for sale.

Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) added to the story via his Twitter account and said that Chelsea’s cash + performance related bonuses offer is a ‘take it or leave it’ deal and that De Bruyne wasn’t included, but this does not mean that the player won’t end up at Leverkusen on loan.

It’s also thought that Schurrle was disappointed with the way Bayer Leverkusen handled the interested in him from Chelsea by revealing it publicly whilst boasting that the player wouldn’t be going anywhere, he told Kicker magazine:

“Chelsea would have been very interesting for me. This kind of opportunity you get probably not so often in life.

“Rudi Voeller told me he couldn’t find a suitable replacement, and I was too important for Bayer. I was disturbed that the whole thing was communicated as quickly and as detailed in public.”

It would seem as though Chelsea are very keen to secure Schurrle’s services and they putting their faith in their scouts on this one despite a few fans and critics questioning whether the German international is worth the money.

Schurrle has scored 12 goals in 38 games this season and has played most of his games this season on Bayer’s left-wing, but he can play as a support striker or forward.

Sources: Welt.de, Sport Witness, Kicker.de, Twitter (@honigstein & @Tim_Roehn)

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